Volume: 06, Issue: 02 02/13/2008 
Dan Brandenstein
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Dan Brandenstein as an astronaut. Image credit NASA.
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NASA’s Deep Impact Begins Hunt for Alien Worlds

Online Chat with Former NASA Astronaut

Chat Information:
Live online chat with Daniel Brandenstein, former NASA astronaut, and current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Space Alliance, LLC.

Date: Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

10:00 - 11:00 AM Alaska Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
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1:00 - 2:00 PM Central Time
2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Daniel Brandenstein's Biography:
Daniel C. "Dan" Brandenstein is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance (USA), LLC. Brandenstein joined USA in October 2007 after serving as Vice President and Program Manager for the Mission Support Operations Contract at the NASA/Johnson Space Center for Lockheed Martin Mission Services.

A former astronaut, Brandenstein piloted Space Shuttle mission STS-8 in 1983 aboard Challenger on the first Shuttle night launch and landing mission. He commanded three flights, including STS-51G in 1985, STS-32 in 1990, and the maiden flight of Endeavour, STS-49, in 1992 to retrieve and repair the Intelsat satellite. Brandenstein also served as chief of the Astronaut Office from 1987 until leaving NASA and the Navy in 1992. Prior to joining NASA in 1978, he served as a Naval aviator starting in 1967. From 1968- 1970 he participated in two carrier combat deployments in Southeast Asia and flew 192 combat missions in A-6 Intruders. Brandenstein's many honors include two Defense Superior Service Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals and two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003.

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