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July 1, 1992 (Phone: 202/453-8536) Barbara Schwartz Johnson Space Center, Houston (Phone: 713/483-5111) RELEASE: 92-100 CHIEF ASTRONAUT TO RETIRE FROM NAVY AND LEAVE NASA Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein, Chief of the Astronaut Office, Johnson Space Center, Houston, since 1986 and veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, is retiring from the U.S. Navy and leaving NASA about Oct. 1 to pursue other interests. Brandenstein commanded and flew the new orbiter Endeavour on the recent STS-49 mission to retrieve, repair and deploy the stranded INTELSAT-VI telecommunications satellite. During this mission, the crew conducted a record-setting four EVA's (extravehicular activity or spacewalks) to successfully rescue the satellite and to demonstrate and evaluate numerous EVA tasks to be used for the assembly of Space Station Freedom. Selected by NASA in January 1978, Brandenstein first flew as a pilot on STS-8, the first night launch and landing in August-September 1983, aboard the Challenger. During the mission, crew members deployed the Indian National Satellite, operated the Canadian-built remote manipulator system (RMS) with the payload flight test article, operated the continuous flow electrophoresis system with live cell samples, conducted medical measurements to understand biophysiological effects of space flight and activated Earth resources and space science experiments. On his second mission in June 1985, Brandenstein commanded

the crew of STS-51G aboard Discovery to deploy communications satellites for Mexico (Morelos), the Arab League (Arabsat) and the United States (AT&T Telstar). Also, the RMS was used to deploy and retrieve the SPARTAN satellite after a rendezvous procedure by Brandenstein. In addition, the crew conducted a number of astronomy, materials processing, biomedical and other experiments. - more -2Brandenstein also commanded the crew of STS-32 in January 1990 aboard Columbia to deploy the Syncom IV-F5 satellite and retrieve the Long Duration Exposure Facility using the RMS. The crew also operated a variety of life sciences and Earth sciences experiments. The IMAX camera was flown on this mission and the film incorporated into "The Blue Planet" about the Earth's environment. With 789 hours in space, Brandenstein holds the record among Space Shuttle astronauts. He also has flown four of the five orbiters, and he has more rendezvous experience than any other pilot. During his career, Brandenstein has earned a number of achievement awards, including NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, Legion of Honor (France), Medal of King Abdul Aziz (Saudi Arabia) and numerous other awards and honors. "For the past 14 years I have had the opportunity to have the most challenging and interesting job in the world. It has been exciting, rewarding and a pleasure to work with the many talented and motivated people who make up this country's space team. Although I have chosen to change careers, I always will be an avid supporter of the space efforts which I feel are essential to the advancement of knowledge and technology in this country," Brandenstein said. "I'm sorry to see Dan go. He's one of the finest human beings I have ever had the privilege to know. He has been an outstanding astronaut, providing an example of excellence to which all others should aspire. His leadership skills are unparalleled here or elsewhere. I wish him the best in

whatever he chooses to do," Center Director Aaron Cohen said. Donald R. Puddy, Director of flight crew operations added, "Dan's experience and expertise certainly will be missed. His many extraordinary achievements as an astronaut and exemplary performance as a manager have provided the leadership that has been very valuable to the astronaut corps, the Johnson Space Center and NASA. I wish him continuing success as he pursues a new career." -end-