After 18 months of intense training, North Carolina native and former emergency room physician Tom Marshburn has graduated and is a NASA astronaut.

Marshburn is available for satellite interviews from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. CDT Friday, April 14. Media interested in interviewing him should contact Karen Svetaka at (281) 483-8684 by 4 p.m. CDT April 13.

Marshburn and 10 classmates received official NASA astronaut pins in a private ceremony Feb. 10. Born in Statesville, N.C., Marshburn graduated from Henderson High School in Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, N.C.; a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in medicine from Wake Forest University. He also earned a masters’ degree in medical science from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

Marshburn trained in emergency medicine in Toledo, Ohio, working as a life flight physician. He later worked in emergency rooms in Seattle, Houston and Boston. Marshburn joined NASA in 1994 as a flight surgeon and supported multiple missions to the Russian Mir Space Station and International Space Station. Selected as an astronaut in 2004, his training has included water and land survival, T-38 flight training and space shuttle and international space station systems. For biographical information on NASA astronauts on the Web, visit:

The interviews will be carried live on the NASA Television analog satellite. The coordinates are: satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz.