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Daniel Michio TANI

ISS Flight Engineer
Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer
NASA astronaut

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born February 1, 1961 in Ridley Park Pennsylvania, but considers Lombard Illinois, to be his hometown.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard East High School, Lombard, Illinois, in 1979; received a bachelor and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

 

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Jane Egan.

AWARDS: Orbital Sciences Corporation Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 1993.

MEMBERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS:
Japanese American Citizens League;
Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity;
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

HOBBIES: golf, flying, running, tennis, music, cooking.

In 1984 he started working at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in El Segundo, California as a design engineer in the Space and Communications group. In 1986, he returned to MIT and received his masterís degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, specializing in human factors and group decision making. After graduation, Tani worked for Bolt Beranek and Newman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the experimental psychology department.
In 1988, Tani joined Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) in Dulles Virginia, initially as a senior structures engineer, and then as the mission operations manager for the Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS). During the launch of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) in the course of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-51 mission in 1993, he served as the TOS flight operations lead, working with the Shuttle Flight Director at MCC-H.
Tani then moved to the air launched Pegasus unmanned rocket program as the launch operations manager, responsible for the development of launch documentation and also for leading the team of engineers who worked in the control room.
Having completed two years of training and evaluation at Johnson Space Center in 1996-1998, he qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. After that he held technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch. On January 29, 2001 he was assigned to the STS-108 crew.
He made his first space flight on December 5-17, 2001 as Mission Specialist 2/Flight Engineer (MS-2/FE) of the Shuttle Endeavour STS-108 mission carrying Rafaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. The main objective of the mission was to rotate the crew of the International Space Station and to deliver cargoes for the Expedition-4 crew (ISS-4). In the course of the mission he performed a 4 hours and 12 minutes space walk to wrap thermal blankets around ISS Solar Array Gimbals. The mission duration was 11 days 19 hours 35 minutes and 42 seconds.
He is currently training for ISS-11 as the backup flight engineer and mission specialist of the ISS.

June 2004.
Based on Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center data, NASA, USA.

 

 

 

 

 

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