Volume: 02, Issue: 05 03/10/2004 
Astronaut Daniel Brandenstein
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Chat Live with NASA Astronaut Daniel Brandenstein

Here's your opportunity to chat with NASA astronaut Daniel Brandenstein, captain and former flight commander. Brandenstein will be available Tuesday, March 16, from (New Time!)11:30 to 12:30 a.m. Central Standard Time to answer questions about space flight. With the completion of his fourth flight, Brandenstein has logged more than 789 hours in space.

Daniel C. Brandenstein (Captain, USN, Ret.)

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Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2004

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Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=brand to log onto the chat and submit questions. After the chat has taken place, this link will take you to the archived chat.

Daniel Brandenstein was chosen by NASA as an Astronaut Candidate in January 1978 and became an astronaut in August 1979. He was ascent spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) and a member of the astronaut support crew for STS-1 and STS-2 the first and second Space Shuttle flights. A veteran of four space flights — STS-8 (August 30 to September 5, 1983), STS-51G (June 17-24, 1985), STS-32 (January 9-20, 1990), and STS-49 (May 7-16, 1992) — he has logged more than 789 hours in space. Following his second space flight, Brandenstein served as Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, and from April 1987 through September 1992 he served as Chief of the Astronaut Office. In October 1992, Brandenstein retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy.

Before joining NASA, Brandenstein received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Upon graduation from UW – River Falls, Brandenstein entered active duty with the U.S. Navy. From 1968 to 1970, while attached to VA-196 flying A-6 Intruders, he participated in two combat deployments on board the USS Constellation and the USS Ranger to Southeast Asia and flew 192 combat missions. Prior to reporting to Houston as an astronaut candidate, he was attached to VA-128 as an A-6 flight instructor. He has logged flying time in 24 different types of aircraft and 400 carrier landings.

Brandenstein is currently the Vice President and Associate Program Manager for the Consolidated Space Operations Contract at Lockheed Martin Space Operations in Houston, Texas. He has also served as Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager at IBM Federal Systems Company for the Space Station Program; Director of Quality Assurance and Director of Program Development at Loral Space Information Systems; and Executive Vice President and Program Manager for Kistler Aerospace Corporation.

How to Participate:
Please visit http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/communications/chats.html for Daniel Brandenstein’s detailed biography and instructions on how to enter the chat. Questions can be submitted prior to or during the scheduled chat time (Tuesday, March 16 at 10:30 – 11:30 am CST) by going to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=brand (The archived chat will also be posted at this link after the chat event.)

What happens after your questions have been submitted:
A moderator will review each submitted question. The moderator will then send the chat host the best quality questions. Since numerous questions are submitted for each chat, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered or answered in the order of submission. We will, however, try to get through as many questions as possible in the time allocated. Ask away!

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