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Nat,oral Aeronauticsand SPaceAdministral_on

Lyndorl B. Johnson Space C..enler Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5111

MiIton Reim

ForRelse

RELEASE NO:

78-32

July 24, 1978

ASTRONAUT CANDIDATES LEARN WATER SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES

Sixteen astronaut candidates from the NASA Johnson Space Center

in Houston are scheduled to spend three days in training at the

Homstead

Air

Force

Water

Survival

School

in

Florida,

beginning

July 31.

Most of the 35 astronaut candidates had the water survival

training

prior

to

entering

the

NASA

program.

Included

in

the

16

that will take the training are the six female astronaut candidates.

Each day's activities during the course will include classroom

lectures on water survival techniques plus actual training in the

water

environment.

Briefings

on

procedures

will

precede

each

activity.

The training includes jumping from a tower wearing a tethered

parachute harness while sliding down a wire to a landing in the

water.

The

candidates

will

also

be

towed

through

the

water

in

a

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