Daniel Michio TANI
ISS Flight Engineer-2
NASA Astronaut, USA
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, 1979;
received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984.
In 1988 he received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering
from the same institute.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Jane Egan. They have two children.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Japanese-American Citizen League, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
AWARDS: Orbital Sciences Corporation Outstanding Technical Achievement Award,
1993, for work with the Shuttle flight directors at MCC-H.
HOBBY: Golf, running, tennis, music, cooking.
WORK EXPERIENCE: In 1984 he went to work at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in El
Segundo, California as a design engineer in the Space and Communications group.
In 1988 after Tani received his masterís degree in mechanical engineering, he worked
in the experimental psychology department for Bolt Beranek and Newman in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Later that year he moved to Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles,
Virginia, initially as a senior structures engineer, and then as the mission
operations manager for the Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS) when launching the ACTS
satellite during the STS-51 mission.
In 1994 he was assigned as the launch operations manager under the Pegasus program and served as lead for the development of documentation for launches of the Pegasus
unmanned rocket. He led the team of engineers who worked in the launch and control
On May 1, 1996 he was selected as the NASA astronaut candidate and passed a two-year
course of general space training. Having completed the training course he was
qualified as a mission specialist and assigned to the Astronaut Office Computer
Support Branch and then he moved to EVA Branch. During Expedition-2 to the ISS he
served as a Crew Support Astronaut.
On January 29, 2001 he was assigned to the Shuttle crew (STS-108) as mission-2
Tani performed his first spaceflight on December 5-17, 2001 as
a mission specialist aboard Endevour (STS-108). The main flight task was the ISS crew
rotation and the cargo delivery to the ISS in the Raffaello Module. During the flight
he performed one space walk of 4 hours and 12 minutes. The flight duration was 11 days 19 hours 35 minutes.
In January 2004 Tani was assigned as a researcher of the backup crew for Expedition 11 to the ISS (the ISS-11ń crew) and at the same time he was a researcher of the prime
crew for Expedition 13 to the ISS (the ISS-13 crew: Pavel Vinogradov - Daniel Tani -
At the beginning of June 2006 by the joint Roskosmos and NASA decision he was
appointed to the ISS-16 prime crew (a launch aboard STS-120, a landing aboard
During the second spaceflight which occurred on October 23, 2007
he was mission-5 specialist in the crew aboard Discovery (STS-120) which successfully
docked to the ISS on October 25 and Tani continued the spaceflight aboard the ISS
as the ISS-16 flight engineer-2.
Based on data of the Cosmonautics News journal and
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA.