___ 1943 __________________
01 17, 1943 <> NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration 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 U.S. 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.
Brandenstein 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, he retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy.
05 05 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) -America's first
astronaut leaped 115 miles into space today aboard a spacecraft named
"Freedom 7" and won for America and mankind a historic
breakthrough: The first flight in space
controlled by the pilot himself. The astronaut, 37-year-old Cmdr. Alan B.
Shepard Jr., was plucked from the sea 21 minutes later and 302 miles down
the Atlantic missile range. He was not only alive but in all respects
"okay" and thousands were witnesses to the fact of his feat. The
National Aeronautics and Space Administration happily announced: "The
space flight is a success." WDT
___ 1983 __________________
07 19 It's been a long wait for Walter and Peg Brandenstein, but
it's nearly over as final planning is underway for next month's Space Shuttle
mission that will send their son around the earth every ninety minutes. Commander Daniel Brandenstein, a member of
the United States Navy, will be the pilot for the next flight of the Space
Shuttle Challenger, scheduled to be blasted into orbit in the early morning
hours a little less than one month from now.
08 04 No one has ever landed a space shuttle at night, but Cmdr. Dan Brandenstein will have to do it on his first flight. He says it shouldn’t be too difficult. Brandenstein, the Watertown native who will pilot the Aug. 30 shuttle flight that will take off and land at night, said in a recent pre-flight press conference: “The big thing is the night lighting system. We went through a great deal of work, and a lot of people helped us develop this night lighting system. Other than that (it will be dark), it’s a typical shuttle approach.” WDT
08 13 Watertown has a second claim to fame in the Space Shuttle program. First, of course, is Dan Brandenstein, a native of this city, who will be commander of the next mission, scheduled for about 2 a.m. on Aug. 30. But the second is a piece of equipment manufactured in Watertown which is aboard all shuttle flights. The item is a boot liner which is used by all astronauts. The liner goes inside the space boot which is part of the space suit used on all missions. The firm which manufactures the liners is Reiss Industries, 319 Hart Street, a relative newcomer to the Watertown industrial scene, but fast becoming a leader in the field of specialized products made from urethane. WDT
08 30 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Watertown native Daniel Brandenstein piloted Space
Shuttle Challenger into orbit early today in a spectacular night-time
launch. The six-day mission of
Brandenstein and four other astronauts was delayed by 17 minutes by a heavy
thunderstorm. Lightning crackled around
the shuttle just prior to the scheduled 1:15 a.m. Watertown time launch. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
officials said earlier that lightning, but not rain, could prevent Challenger
from beginning its mission. The storm
quickly moved down the coast, and Brandenstein started the ship on its course
at 1:32 a.m. Watertown time.
08 14 STS-8, NASA's OFFICIAL DESIGNATION FOR THE EIGHTH SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT
of the crew were Richard H. Truly, commander, Daniel C. Brandenstein,
Dale A. Gardner, Guion S. Bluford and William B. Thornton.
the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Postal Service and the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, this special event cover (envelope) was developed and
carried aboard STS-8, NASA's official designation for the eighth Space Shuttle
flight. This cover is unique because it
is the first to record the flight into space with originating and returning
postal cancellations. The cover's front
cachet is a reproduction of NASA's official patch design for STS-8, and the
cachet on the reverse side depicts NASA's 25th anniversary logo. The stamp affixed is also noteworthy because it
was issued at the Kennedy Space Center on August 12, 1983. The August 14, 1983, cancellation date on the
front of the cover indicates the day STS-8 was scheduled to be launched with
its cargo of covers, including this one.
NASA's 25th anniversary logo is part of the cancellation design on the
front of the cover. The circular postmark cancellation on the reverse side of
the cover indicates the place and date the shuttle returned to Earth.
the flight, the INSAT-1B communications satellite was put into orbit and
several important experiments were conducted. One of these included using an
electrical field to separate molecules in liquid suspension, for possible
pharmaceutical applications. Also, the 50 foot-long mechanical arm in the cargo
payload area was tested in preparation for retrieving the Solar Observatory
Satellite which was launched several years ago to monitor the sun. On a later
shuttle flight, NASA plans to have astronauts take the ailing observatory out
of its orbit, make repairs, and then relaunch it.
09 02 CAPE CANAVERAL,
Fla. - Challenger's astronauts guided their ship 54 miles nearer to Earth today
to test how samples of future space materials can stand up under constant
bombardment by participles of atomic oxygen.
More than 300 different samples, from paints to telescope lens coatings,
were being exposed to the eroding effects of the hurtling particles. Commander Richard Truly and pilot Dan
Brandenstein fired Challenger's maneuvering engines to drop the orbit from an
altitude of 193 miles to 139 miles, steering the shuttle into the upper regions
of Earth's ozone layer where there is a sea of atomic oxygen molecules.
09 13 “I thought the flight would be a great one,
and it really was. I wasn't disappointed,” Commander Dan Brandenstein said of
his mission as pilot on the shuttle mission which returned to Earth on Labor
Day. The Watertown native talked with
the Daily Times via a telephone
conversation from the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Tuesday
afternoon. That was the first day the
media was allowed to talk with the astronauts who were on this last shuttle
mission. Brandenstein said he and his
fellow crew members were kept quite busy during the six-day flight, but said
when he did have time to look at the view afforded on the flight “it was
11 01 Dan Brandenstein hopes he will be given the opportunity to
command future space shuttle missions and possibly work aboard a permanent
space station. Brandenstein revealed his
aspirations during a press conference this morning at Riverside Junior High
School. He then presented a program to
students in the Riverside gymnasium in which he talked about his space flight,
showed a film taken on board Challenger during the flight and answered
questions from the audience. WDT
11 04 A dinner attended by city and school
officials, veterans groups and special guests was a fitting conclusion to the
two-day visit to Watertown by Commander Dan Brandenstein. The dinner was held in the cafeteria of Riverside
Junior High School and was hosted by the Watertown City Council and Watertown
Board of Education. Over 200 invited
guests attended the dinner. Brandenstein
was the focus of attention as he presented gifts of items flown in space to the
city and school district, and also received special honors from various groups,
the city and the school district. WDT
11 22 Astronaut Dan Brandenstein Selected Commander
Astronaut Dan Brandenstein, who in a visit to
Watertown just two weeks ago expressed a hope that he could command a shuttle
mission in the future, got his wish on Thursday. Officials at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space
Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, announced that he had
been selected commander of a shuttle mission tentatively scheduled for October
of 1984. Brandenstein, who was the pilot of a shuttle flight which began on
Aug. 30 and concluded on Sept. 5, was in Watertown on Nov. 1 and 2 to tell of
his experiences on that flight. WDT
___ 1984 __________________
02 17 WASHINGTON
- President Reagan says he will recommend promotions for four space shuttle
astronauts, including Navy Commander Daniel Brandenstein who will be nominated
for promotion to captain. The promotion
would elevate Brandenstein, 40, to a rank equivalent to that of a colonel in
the United States Army and Air Force. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brandenstein, 1415 Center St., Watertown, a
1961 graduate of Watertown Senior High School and a 1965 graduate of UW-River Falls. He piloted the space shuttle Challenger
during its Aug. 30 to Sept. 5 mission and is scheduled to command a shuttle
mission tentatively scheduled for October of 1984. Brandenstein currently resides in Houston,
05 14 Watertown
native Captain Daniel Brandenstein will be honored Saturday, May 19, as he
receives the 27th annual Billy Mitchell Award in Milwaukee. The honor, sponsored by the Billy Mitchell
chapter of the Air Force Association of America, “is awarded to an outstanding
person connected with aerospace achievement in the future of space and its
development.” The recipient must also
have ties with Wisconsin. Brandenstein,
41, recently received his promotion to captain as a result of his piloting of
the space shuttle Challenger during its flight last Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. WDT
___ 1985 __________________
05 07 Comedian
Mel Brooks once said it's a lot more fun to be king. Being the person in charge
can have its advantages, but some jobs are characterized by such awesome
responsibilities that tend to take some of the fun out of being the man at the
top. Watertown native Daniel
Brandenstein will be that man when he commands NASA Discovery Space Shuttle
Mission 51-G, scheduled for a daylight liftoff on June 12. Brandenstein will land the shuttle at the
Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The mission will be the 25th NASA shuttle launch. WDT
06 17 NASA
Shuttle Discovery rocketed into orbit today with five American astronauts, a
French test pilot and a Saudi Arabian prince for a mission that will include a
“Star Wars” laser test and a hunt for a “black hole” in space. The Mission 51-G crew is being commanded by
Watertown native Daniel C. Brandenstein making his second shuttle flight. Brandenstein, 42, is the son of Walter and
Peg Brandenstein, 1415 Center Street, Watertown. Walter and Peg drove to Cape Canaveral and
attended the liftoff this morning from a site approximately 3 1/2 miles from
the launch pad. WDT
06 24 Discovery
Mission 51-G is complete. Cmdr. Daniel C. Brandenstein, a Watertown native,
landed the National Aeronautics and Space Agency's space shuttle at Edwards Air
Force Base in California at 8:11 a.m. CDT today. The shuttle actually becomes a glider during
its final descent, and as Brandenstein steered the Discovery to a stop on the
centerline of the runway, his parents, Walter and Peg Brandenstein, watched the
landing on television in their Watertown home at 1415 Center Street. "At least they're down and there are no
problems," Peg said minutes after a spokesman at Mission Control in the
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston told her son, "Nice job, Dan.
Welcome home." WDT
06 17 STS 51-G: THE FIFTH DISCOVERY
51-G was the fifth Discovery shuttle flight. On board were Daniel Brandenstein,
John Creighton, Shannon Lucid, John Fabian, Steven Nagel, Patrick Baudry (from
France) and Prince Sultan Salman Al-Saud (from Saudi Arabia). Deployed during
the mission were the Morelos (Mexico), Arabsat (ASCO), and Telstar (AT&T)
satellites. The Spartan 1 spacecraft was deployed and retrieved. Also flown:
deployable/retrievable Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy
(SPARTAN-1); six Get Away Special canisters; Strategic Defense Initiative
experiment called the High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE); a materials
processing furnace called Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF);
and two French biomedical experiments.
mission duration was 169 hours 38 minutes 52 seconds.
09 28 PARIS
— Cmdr. Daniel C. Brandenstein and the six other crew members who were aboard
Space Shuttle Mission 51-G have each been awarded the French Legion of Honor,
the highest French government proclamation.
Brandenstein led the Discovery through one of the most efficient and
productive missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s
shuttle program. One of his crewmates
was Patrick Baudry, who became the first French native to board a shuttle. WDT
___ 1986 __________________
04 12 Traveling
throughout Wisconsin and discussing space shuttle flights certainly cannot be
as exhilarating as actually orbiting the earth, but Capt. Daniel C.
Brandenstein seems to excel at whatever task is at hand. Brandenstein is visiting his hometown today,
addressing various schools and civic groups. He no doubt encounters the same
types of questions at every stop he makes on his public speaking tour, which
will conclude in River Falls on Friday.
Public support for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s
shuttle program has not declined since the explosion of the Challenger on Jan.
28, Brandenstein said. That mishap
resulted in the deaths of all seven crew members. “Everybody’s been very
supportive. They realize that the accident was obviously a very tragic event,
and we’re trying to not let it happen again.”
10 28 U.S.
Navy Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein’s speech in Oshkosh on Nov. 8 will be part
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s effort to maintain public
support for the shuttle and program. Brandenstein, a Watertown native, will
discuss the future of the space shuttle when he is the guest speaker at a noon
luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Oshkosh on Nov. 8. He will address the
Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association’s 43rd annual convention and trade show.
Brandenstein will only be in Oshkosh for a 90-minute visit, which will be his
first to Wisconsin since he toured the state in April. “It’s always good to get
home. Unfortunately, I don’t get a chance very often,” Brandenstein told the Daily Times Tuesday. WDT
___ 1988 __________________
11 27 Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein has been assigned to command one
of the most complex and challenging space shuttle flights to date. According to a spokesman of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, Brandenstein will make his third flight
aboard a space shuttle when the Columbia is launched Nov. 13, 1989, for the
Space Transportation System (STS-32) mission.
Brandenstein is the chief of NASA’s astronaut office. He assigns crew members to the shuttle
___ 1989 __________________
04 15 HOUSTON — To prepare for his third space shuttle flight, Capt.
Daniel C. Brandenstein, a Watertown, Wis., native, will temporarily resign his
duties as chief of the NASA astronaut office.
Brandenstein will be the commander of the space shuttle Columbia in the
Space Transportation (STS) 32 mission, scheduled to be launched Nov. 13. Because the mission is considered to be one
of the most complex and demanding shuttle flights to date, Brandenstein will
temporarily relinquish the duties of his administrative position at the Johnson
Space Center in Houston. WDT
09 25 America’s space shuttle program should be judged by its own
long-term merits and should not be compared to the Apollo program, according to
Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein. The
Watertown native plans to make his third space shuttle flight on Dec. 18. The Apollo mission that captured the world’s
attention with a lunar landing in 1969 received a great deal of media acclaim
over the past summer during its 20-year anniversary. The space shuttle program may not have yet
reaped such dramatic benefits, but Brandenstien said
the program deserves the support of the American public and Congress. He said the shuttle program will eventually
lead to manned space stations, which will enhance manned voyages to several
destinations, including the moon and Mars.
12 13 HOUSTON — When the space shuttle Columbia is launched next
Monday, Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein will become one of a select group of
astronauts who have been aboard three shuttle flights. The Columbia is scheduled to be launched on
Dec. 28 at 5:46 p.m. CDT from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Brandenstein, a Watertown, Wis., native, is
eager to make his third trip into space.
“The more’s the better. But if you hang around here long enough, you’ll
get three flights. There are several who
are training for their third mission now.
We try to cycle the astronauts through as much as we can,” he said in a
recent press conference. WDT
___ 1990 __________________
01 09 The chase has finally begun for the space shuttle
Columbia. Twenty-two days after its
original targeted launch date, the Columbia rocketed into orbit at 6:35 a.m.
today from its repaired launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape
Canaveral, Fla. “Go get ‘em,” proclaimed launch director Robert Sieck moments after
liftoff. Sieck’s comment was directed
toward the shuttle’s five-member crew, which is being commanded by Capt. Daniel
C. Brandenstein. The launch was
“flawless,” according to James Hartsfield, public affairs spokesman for the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
“Everything went perfect.
Everything went as planned. It
was launched right on time, everyone was glad to see things get under way. It was long-anticipated,” Hartsfield told the
Daily Times by telephone from the
Johnson Space Center in Houston. WDT
01 13 On earth, singer Bruce Springsteen may be considered “The
Boss,” but in space, Capt. Daniel Brandenstein currently holds that title. Brandenstein, celebrated his 47th birthday in
orbit nearly 200 miles above the earth’s surface today. Brandenstein and the other four members of
the space shuttle Columbia were awakened shortly after midnight with musical
renditions of Danny Boy” and “Happy Birthday.”
01 17 With the delay of the space shuttle Columbia’s landing today,
Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein becomes the most experienced shuttle astronaut in
the world. Meanwhile, a Watertown
teacher is anxiously awaiting the return of the orbiter. The presence of fog at the Edwards Air Force
Base in California forced the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to
postpone the shuttle’s scheduled landing early this morning . When informed of
NASA’s decision to delay the landing, Brandenstein told the ground crew at the
Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control in Houston, “OK. Sounds like the best plan. This is not a good vehicle to land into
01 21 When your son is aboard a space shuttle, orbiting the planet
at a speed of 17,400 mph, you never take his safety for granted. Thus, as Capt.
Daniel C. Brandenstein manually landed the Columbia Saturday morning, his
parents were understandably nervous. “You can’t help but be,” said Peg
Brandenstein, mother of Watertown’s favorite son. “I am tight — nervous right
until I know he’s back safe.” When the Columbia touched down at 3:35 a.m. (CDT)
on the concrete runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Brandenstein had
completed his third shuttle mission. He has now logged more hours in flight
than any other shuttle astronaut. WDT
03 25 Displaying the type of character needed to manually land a
space shuttle, Watertown’s favorite son returned to his hometown Sunday. The city has a busy itinerary for its most
famous native, Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein, who has logged more hours in space
than any other shuttle astronaut. The
savvy needed to bring a space shuttle gently to a stop after it had been
orbiting the earth at a speed in excess of 18,000 mph was commonplace Sunday
night. Brandenstein received
awards. He presented gifts to the
city. He was informed that the Spaulding
Street Park will be renamed the Daniel C. Brandenstein Park. He narrated a slide presentation and a
movie. He pressed some flesh. He answered some questions. And he smiled a lot. WDT
03 26 While piloting an aircraft during a recent drill, Capt. Daniel
C. Branden stein said he reflected upon his life, which has included a journey
from Watertown to space. “I was landing,
and I looked out and saw the shadow of just the plane and myself,” Brandenstein
recalled. ‘‘Every once in a while, it
hits you. I saw the shadow, and I
thought, ‘That’s me out there.’ I’ve been in space. It made me feel like I’m a
pretty lucky guy.” His love of flying
and confidence in the space program are two things that always ring true when
Watertown’s favorite son gives a speech.
04 15 Students and teachers at Watertown’s Webster Elementary School
may have gotten more than they bargained for when they accepted experimental
tomato seeds from a NASA space mission.
The tomato seeds that spent six years in space before they were
distributed to school children around the country to conduct experiments were
exposed to cosmic radiation that could produce poisonous fruit. A NASA scientist, however, called the report
“unfounded and unreasonable.” Webster
Elementary School in Watertown is currently in the middle of a growth
experiment with the well-traveled seeds brought back in January by the space
shuttle commanded by Watertown native Capt. Dan Brandenstein. The germination of the seeds from space will
be compared to that of seeds on earth. WDT
12 18 Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein has been assigned as commander of
another space shuttle mission. It will
be Brandenstein’s fourth mission and his third as commander. Brandenstein was “overjoyed” when he got the
news earlier this week. “It is going to
be a real interesting mission,” he said from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
in Houston, Texas. The mission will be
the first in Endeavour, the new shuttle which is currently under
___ 1991 __________________
12 20 HOUSTON -- Astronaut Daniel C. Brandenstein, Watertown's most
famous resident, will command the first voyage of the shuttle craft Endeavour
next April. The 48-year-old captain and chief of NASA will make his fourth
shuttle mission and work with six crew members. The five specialists will be
making their second shuttle flight, while pilot Kevin Chilton will be on his
maiden voyage. In a telephone interview with the Daily Times Thursday morning,
Brandenstein said the mission will be special to him because it is the
Endeavour's first voyage. The possibility also exists that this could be the
last voyage for Brandenstein. WDT
___ 1992 __________________
05 08 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A wayward satellite and the
nation’s newest space shuttle are hurtling toward a weekend rendezvous today in
a bold NASA mission to pluck the satellite from a useless orbit and put it to
work. The shuttle Endeavour, one year
off the assembly line, began the celestial chase with a twilight liftoff
Thursday from the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Daniel Brandenstein and his
crew of six trained more than a year for the weeklong mission, which includes
three spacewalks for the first time in the 11-year-old shuttle program. WDT
FIRST KINDERGARTEN PRINT CARRIED ON SPACE SHUTTLE
<> AMERICA’S FIRST KINDERGARTEN <>
EST. 1856 IN WATERTOWN, WI
COMMANDED BY CAPT. DANIEL C. BRANDENSTEIN,
MAY 7, 1992
06 10 ENDEAVOUR DRIVE
The naming of the street
which will lead to the new high school will take place during a meeting at 5
o’clock this afternoon. The board of
education for the Watertown Unified School District will meet at the Educational
Service Center, 111 Dodge St., to reach a final agreement on the road’s
name. School board members voted to name
the street School Parkway at a meeting May 27 but then decided to reconsider it
when member Kirby Brant suggested naming it Endeavour Drive. Brant said the name Endeavour Drive would
honor Watertown native Dan Brandenstein while also encompassing the district’s
drive for educational endeavors. WDT
07 01 RETIRE FROM NASA
parents of Watertown's most famous individual, astronaut Daniel Brandenstein,
say they are relieved their son has chosen to retire from NASA. Though Walter and Peg Brandenstein say they
are proud to have seen their son fly four shuttle missions, they are happy they
won't have to fear for his safety.
Watching the crafts he was aboard hurl out of view was nerve-wracking,
they admit. "If he had wished to do
it again I was willing to go along with it," Peg Brandenstein said. "My prayer was that he had four
successful flights and I was hoping that it would be enough." Brandenstein, who commanded the satellite
rescue mission of Endeavour in May, will leave the space agency this fall.
07 17 NEVER GIVE UP
Retiring astronaut Dan
Brandenstein says there’s one important lesson he learned from his fourth and
final shuttle mission: Never give up.
The Watertown native and Navy captain told summer school students at
Douglas and Webster elementary schools this morning that a good student never
quits until a problem has been solved.
Brandenstein, who returned Tuesday to his hometown for a hero’s welcome,
said never give up was a belief held firmly by the astronauts of the Endeavour
mission last May as they attempted three times to lasso a communications
satellite. “We were unsuccessful on the
first time and we tried again, and we were unsuccessful the next time so we
tried again. Finally, on the third time
we were successful,” Brandenstein said.
08 09 THE CAPTAIN DAN BRANDENSTEIN BRIDGE
The Main Street bridge will
be named the Captain Dan Brandenstein bridge for the next year, the Watertown
Riverfest Committee announced Sunday evening at the festival. Each year the bridge is named after a
resident or native of Watertown who has made a special contribution to the
community. Brandenstein, who is retiring
after a long military career that included 14 years as an astronaut and four
space shuttle flights, was selected from a list of names submitted for
consideration. A plaque honoring
Brandenstein was given to his parents, Walter and Peg Brandenstein, on the main
stage of the festival Sunday evening.
The award was presented by Arthur Turke, a member of the Riverfest
committee. Brandenstein’s name will be
placed on a permanent plaque at the southeast corner of the bridge at the
entrance to the Rock River Walkway. WDT
02 13 HONORARY DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING DEGREE
MILWAUKEE — A Watertown native and retired NASA
astronaut will receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the
Milwaukee School of Engineering later this month. Daniel Brandenstein, a Navy captain and commander
of four space shuttle flights, will receive the degree during MSOE’s winter
commencement ceremonies in Uihlein Hall of the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Joining
Brandenstein in receiving an honorary degree will be actor James Doohan, who
portrayed chief engineer Montgomery Scott (Scotty) in the original “Star Trek”
television series and subsequent films.
Brandenstein retired from NASA last summer after a 13year career in
which he logged 6,400 flying hours in 24 different types of aircraft. He logged over 789 hours in space on five
shuttle missions, including the maiden voyage of the Endeavour last May. WDT
09 19 DEDICATION OF NEW HIGH SCHOOL
That’s how former student Brian Dopke described Watertown High School Sunday prior to the ceremony dedicating the $20
million facility. The description was
repeated often by residents who attended weekend tours and events at the
school. Sunday marked the official
dedication at the school, with 1961 graduate and former astronaut, Dan
Brandenstein, delivering the keynote address.
But residents didn’t wait for Sunday to get a glimpse of the school. There were 939 residents who signed guest
books during tours of the school Friday afternoon, and about 3,000 fans flooded
the Arnold Landsverk Field for the first on-site football game of the season
that night. Watertown defeated West Bend
East, fittingly breaking in the field. WDT
___ 2003 __________________
02 04 Watertown
native and former astronaut Dan Brandenstein has been attending emergency
meetings at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to solve the puzzle of
space shuttle, unexpectedly lost in an explosion on Saturday. Brandenstein, associate program manager for
Johnson Space Center Missions Systems, works for Lockheed, an aerospace
contractor responsible for the control center, its work stations and the 600
people who operate them in Houston. He
and other employees from Lockheed make sure hardware and software in the
control center is up and running but are not involved in controlling the
shuttle vehicle. Brandenstein is on hand
during critical phases of a mission, such as the launch, re-entry and return
flight, to be available and to assist with any problems with the controls. WDT
05 07 Daniel
Brandenstein will be among the three space shuttle astronauts to be inducted
into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame next month at the Kennedy Space
Center. Brandenstein is one of two
veteran commanders of the space shuttle program to be inducted into the hall of
fame along with the first American space woman.
The other two inductees are Robert “Hoot” Gibson and Sally Ride. In one of the largest gatherings of
astronauts to date, Brandenstein, Gibson and Ride will join other inductees
from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. WDT
06 22 Inducted
into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
In a ceremony that was cut short by a thunderstorm, Brandenstein, 60,
was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Robert “Hoot” Gibson, fellow
space shuttle commander, and Sally Ride, the first American space woman. The
ceremony was hosted by Apollo 13 Cmdr. James Lovell. The three astronauts
joined 48 others who have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame since 1990, with
the Mercury Seven astronauts the first to be honored. WDT
___ 2009 __________________
anniversary of lunar landing recalled
___ 2012 __________________
Astronaut Dan Brandenstein monument at Aero Park
on the city’s south side.
___ 2012 __________________
07 28 BRANDENSTEIN PAYS VISIT TO HOMETOWN
___ 2016 __________________
06 28 BRANDENSTEIN IS DISTRICT’S ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT
Daniel Brandenstein is the Watertown Unified School
District’s Distinguished Alumni award winner.
Brandenstein, who now lives in Texas was announced as the award
winner. He will reign over the
homecoming festivities in Watertown this fall.
Brandenstein attended St. John’s Lutheran School and
graduated from Watertown High School in 1961.
He went on to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to earn a
bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years as a
naval aviator and test pilot. He logged 192 combat missions and 400 carrier
landings. In 1979 Brandenstein became an
astronaut. He flew four space shuttle
missions commanding three of them and serving as the chief of the astronaut
office for six years. After his last space flight he logged over 789 hours in
space. After his 14-year career with
NASA, Brandenstein worked as an aerospace executive at Kissler Aerospace as program
manager and at the United Space Alliance as Chief Operating Officer.
He was the 1983 distinguished alumni for the
University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
In 2012 Brandenstein retired to a small ranch in Texas
___ 2010 __________________
Agnes “Peg” M. Brandenstein, 96, of
Watertown, passed away Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial
Manor in Watertown.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11
a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. David Groth officiating.
Burial will take place in Lutheran Cemetery, Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed
to the church.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home is serving the
The former Agnes Margaret Holzworth was born
in Watertown on Jan. 19, 1914, daughter of Alvin and Bertha (Zastrow)
Holzworth. On May 10, 1941, she married
Walter C. Brandenstein at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Watertown. Walter preceded her in death
on Dec. 22, 2005.
Peg attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School
and was a 1932 graduate of Watertown High School. She had been employed as a medical assistant
for Dr. Robert Baldwin in Watertown.
Peg was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church and was involved in various church committees. She enjoyed helping people, baking and
Survivors include her two sons, Daniel (Jane)
Brandenstein of Houston, Texas, and Robert (Kathleen) Brandenstein of St.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Edna Vehlow. Peg was the last member of her immediate family.