Press Release

Veteran Astronaut Dan Bursch Leaves NASA

By SpaceRef Editor
June 23, 2005
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Astronaut Daniel W. Bursch, who shares a U.S. space endurance record with astronaut Carl Walz, has retired from NASA to join The Aerospace Corporation as the National Reconnaissance Office Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Bursch, a U.S. Navy Captain, is a veteran of four space flights. In 2002, Bursch and Walz made the longest U.S. space flight to date, completing 196 days in space aboard the International Space Station on Expedition 4. Bursch flew to the Station aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-108 and returned to Earth on STS-111. In 1993, Bursch flew on Shuttle flight STS-51, a mission that deployed the U.S. Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS). In 1994, he flew on STS-68, a mission that used the Space Radar Lab-2 (SRL-2) to study Earth’s surface and atmosphere. In 1998, he flew on STS-77, the fourth flight of Spacehab as a scientific laboratory. He has logged more than 227 days in space.

“Dan offered an array of talents to NASA. His experience and expertise contributed to the strength and success of manned space flight,” said Ken Bowersox, Director of Flight Crew Operations. “We wish Dan all the best on his new journey. He will be missed.”

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