Dan Brandenstein is an American astronaut who was born on January 17, 1943
in Wisconsin. Before he became an astronaut, Brandenstein was a Navy
Brandenstein became an astronaut in 1979. He has made four spaceflights
spending over 576 hours in space.
In 1983, Brandenstein flew the first nighttime launch and landing of a space
shuttle. In 1985, he commanded an international mission. In 1990, Brandenstein
commanded shuttle Columbia in a mission that set a shuttle record of ten days
During his last mission in 1992, Brandenstein and his crew performed one of the
most risky space shuttle missions to date. They captured a satellite during this mission.
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