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January 21, 1986

Applications from nearly 500 journalists hoping to fly aboard the space shuttle arrived at the University of South Carolina in Columbia over the weekend, bringing the number of candidates to more than 1,600. Most applications beat the Jan. 15 deadline. After undergoing tests and interviews, seven senior advisers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will name the finalist and a backup on April 17. The journalist will ride aboard a space shuttle flight next fall.

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