1943 – Astronaut Daniel C. Brandenstein Born

On this date NASA astronaut Daniel C. Brandenstein was born in Watertown. Brandenstein graduated from Watertown High School in 1961 and received a B.S. in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1965. He joined the Navy and was designated a naval aviator at Naval Air Station, Beeville, Texas, in May 1967. Brandenstein flew 192 combat missions in Southeast Asia between 1968 and 1970. He was selected by NASA in January 1978 and became an astronaut in August 1979. A veteran of four space flights — STS-8 (August 30-September 3, 1983), STS-51G (June 17-24, 1985), STS-32 (January 9-20, 1990), and STS-49 (May 7-16, 1992) — Brandenstein has logged over 789 hours in space. From April 1987 through September 1992, Brandenstein served as Chief of the Astronaut Office. In October 1992 Brandenstein retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy. [Source: ]