Astronaut

Daniel Tani “Astro Tani”

Astro Tani

Astronaut & Speaker

– United States Astronaut, Retired
– STS-108, STS-120 & 122, Expedition 16, NEEMO-2
– 131 days 18hours in Space, 6 Spacewalks
– Conducted 100th Spacewalk on the ISS
– Second Japanese-American astronaut selected by NASA
– Mother was killed in an automobile accident while in space
– MIT Graduate & Proud Chicagoan

Motivational Speaking Topics Include:

• Living in Space – A Little Perspective
• Train and Operate Like an Astronaut
• From Topaz to Low Earth Orbit – The Japanese-American Journey
• When Life Intrudes on Work (Suffering Loss during my SpaceFlight)
• Make a Decision
• Optimism – Space is Half Full

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Biography

Astronaut Dan Tani is an engineer and a former NASA Astronaut.

After earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineer from MIT, Tani went to work as an engineer before being selected as an astronaut in 1996. While awaiting his first spaceflight, Tani served as a Crew Support Astronaut for Expedition 2 and performed technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch and the Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Branch.

Tani’s first flight was STS-108 aboard Endeavour. This flight was the 12th space shuttle to visit ISS and delivered the Expedition 4 crew as well as extensive supplies and experiments. Tani was Mission Specialist 2 and performed a spacewalk to wrap thermal blankets around the ISS Solar Array Gimbals.

Between his space flights, Tani served as an aquanaut on NEEMO 2 (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) where he lived underwater in the Aquarius habitat for a week in mission analog for space.

Tani was assigned as a Flight Engineer to Expedition 16 and launched to ISS on STS-120 in 1007 aboard Discovery. He completed 1 spacewalk with the STS-120 crew and then four additional spacewalks during his time on ISS, including the 100th spacewalk on ISS with Peggy Whitson.

Fun Facts

• Avid Golfer
• Has thrown out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Wrigley Field
• His Wife Jane is From Ireland

Organizations

• Japanese American Citizens League
• Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity
• Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Awards

• Japanese-American Citizen League’s Nikkei of the Biennium for Science and Technology
• NASA Spaceflight Medal
• Orbital Sciences Corporation Technical Achievement Award
• Medal “For Merit in Space Exploration” (Russia, 12 April 2011) – for outstanding contribution to the development of international cooperation in manned space flight
• Excellence Award in Science and Technology
• Honorary Doctorate of Science, Elmhurst College (IL)

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