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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-24-2005 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Veteran Astronaut Dan Bursch Leaves NASA

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."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-13-2009 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dan Bursch now has an official website.
In my life, I have had the pleasure of being a member of two of the best teams in the world: the U.S. Navy and NASA's Human Space Flight program, for whom I completed four missions and fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut and traveling in space. The next best thing to flying in space is to relive those experiences by sharing them with others through personal stories, recollections and photographs.

PowerCat
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posted 10-13-2009 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PowerCat   Click Here to Email PowerCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't Mike Lopez-Alegria break the Expedition 4 record? I thought he spent over 210 days on Expedition 14?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-13-2009 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, since April 2, 2007, Lopez-Alegria has held the record for the longest space mission of any American astronaut (if you note the date of the original post about Bursch's departure, it was written in 2005).

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