AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Daniel Brandenstein

Daniel Brandenstein

Graduation Year: 1965
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science
Institution: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Captain Brandenstein played a pivotal role in advancing America’s space program through his activities as an astronaut, space orbiter pilot, or commander aboard four shuttle missions. He piloted the Challenger on August 30, 1983, and commanded flights of the Discovery on June 17, 1985 and the Columbia on January 9, 1990. His fourth and final mission, on May 7, 1992, as commander of the maiden flight of the Endeavour, captured international attention during a daring rescue attempt of the crippled International Communications Satellite (INTELSAT) through three space walks.