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Daniel Tani    

NASA Astronaut & Engineer

Astronaut Daniel (Dan) Tani is a former astronaut who has spent 132 days in space over 3 missions in his 16 year career at NASA. He has performed 6 space walks (EVAs) and assisted in the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS).

Tani will share his journey from being the son of Japanese-American parents that were interned during World War II to living on the ISS for 4 months. His optimistic observations of the world and humanity through his stories, photographs and videos will inspire, amaze and inform his audience.

Tani is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After retiring from NASA, he has been a high school teacher and also a Director at the non- profit US-Japan Foundation. He lives outside of Washington DC with his wife and 3 children.

Speech Topics

  • Living in Space – A Little Perspective
  • Train and Operate Like an Astronaut
  • From Topaz to Low Earth Orbit – The Japanese-American Journey
  • When Life Intrudes on Work (Suffering Loss during my SpaceFlight)
  • Make a Decision
  • Optimism – Space is Half Full

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