Dan Brandenstein is an American astronaut who was born on January 17, 1943 in
Wisconsin. Before he became an astronaut, Brandenstein served as a Navy pilot
in the Vietnam War. He has flown over 5600 hours in 24 different types
Brandenstein became an astronaut in 1979. He has made four spaceflights
spending over 576 hours in space.
In 1983, Brandenstein piloted the first nighttime launch and landing of a space
shuttle. In 1985, he commanded an international mission. The crew included
Saudi Prince Sultan al-Saud and French Patrick Baudry.
In 1990, Brandenstein commanded shuttle Columbia in a mission that set a
shuttle endurance record. The crew spent 10 days in space and retrieved the
Long Duration Exposure Facility.
During his last mission in 1992, Brandenstein and his crew performed one of the
most difficult space shuttle missions to date. Brandenstein and pilot Kevin
Chilton performed some risky flying aboard the new Endeavour shuttle in an
attempt to retrieve the satellite, Intelsat. They flew within a few feet of
the rotating satellite, allowing the rest of the crew to literally grab it
and pull it into the shuttle. A record four spacewalks were performed in this
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, ranging from evolution
, classroom research
, and the need for science and math literacy
You might also be interested in:
What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding? What do science educators teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff, curriculum designers, school administrators need to know to create and support such experiences?...more
Andrew Allen is an American astronaut who was born on August 4, 1955 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronauts, Allen was a Navy and Marines pilot. He has logged over 4500 flight hours on more than...more
Jay Apt is an American astronaut who was born on April 28, 1949 in Massachusetts. Before he became an astronaut, Apt was a physicist who worked on the Venus space probe project. Apt joined NASA in 198...more
Neil Armstrong is an American astronaut who was born in Ohio in 1930. Before entering the space program, he was a pilot for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, flying over 200 different kinds of aircraft, such...more
Ellen Baker is an American astronaut who was born on April 27, 1953 in North Carolina. Before she became an astronaut she was a geologist and a medical doctor. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer in...more
Michael Baker is an American astronaut who was born on October 27, 1953 in Tennessee. Before he became an astronaut, Baker was a Navy pilot. He logged over 5000 hours of flight time aboard 50 different...more
John Blaha is an American astronaut who was born on August 26, 1942 in Texas. Before he became an astronaut, Blaha was an Air Force pilot. He has flown over 5500 hours in 33 different types of aircraft....more
Guion Bluford is an American astronaut who was born on November 22, 1942 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronaut, Bluford was a pilot for the Air Force. He flew over 4800 hours on several different...more