The astronaut candidate class of 2004 will be at the Kennedy Space
Center, Fla., April 4 through 6 to participate in firefighting
training and familiarization tours. An opportunity for media to speak
with the candidates is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 9-10 a.m. at
the KSC News Center.

The class of 14 candidates, selected on May 6, 2004, includes three
candidates from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as well
as three educator astronauts, who were school teachers chosen from
among thousands of applicants.

During their visit, the candidates will tour the Orbiter Processing
Facility, Space Station Processing Facility, Vehicle Assembly
Building, Launch Control Center, Shuttle Landing Facility and the
Space Shuttle Launch Pads.

The candidates will also participate in activities at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex and the Florida State Science and
Engineering Fair in Orlando, the afternoon of April 6.

Media who do not currently possess KSC credentials may request them
online at:

Video and still photographs of the astronaut candidate activities will
be available at the conclusion of their visit on April 6.

Biographies of the astronaut candidates are available on the Internet

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