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August 14, 2012
RELEASE J12-014
NASA Astronaut Daniel M. Tani Leaves Agency

HOUSTON – NASA astronaut Daniel Tani has left the agency. Tani's last day with NASA was Aug. 10.

Tani is a veteran of two spaceflight missions. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-108 in 2001 and then went on to serve on the International Space Station as a flight engineer during Expedition 16, launching in 2007. Tani ends his NASA career with more than 131 days in space, and six spacewalks to his credit.

Tani earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Tani was selected for the astronaut corps in 1996.

"As an astronaut and spacewalker, Dan is exceptionally talented," said Eric Boe, deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. "In addition, his in-depth knowledge of the ISS provided a vital link between the mission control team and the astronaut office. He was able to bridge the gap between designers and as someone who had lived aboard the ISS. We wish him well in his future endeavors."

Before and after flying in space, Tani served in multiple technical roles including work as a capsule communicator (CAPCOM).

For Tani's complete biography, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/tani.html

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