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 Top graduate, US Naval Test Pilot School, Class 86, 1984.
 Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) V. M. Komarov Diploma for Space Flight Achievement, 1994, and the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award, 1994,  for his first mission, STS-51.
 Aviation Week and Space Technology 1993 Laurels award as a member of STS-51.
 FAI V. M. Komarov Diploma for Space Flight Achievement, 1996, for his second mission, STS-68.
 Aviation Week and Space Technology 1996 Laurels award as a member of the STS-77 team.
 2002 FAI Yuri A. Gagarin Award as a member of Expedition Four to the International Space Station.
 Aviation Week and Space Technology 2002 Laurels award for Expedition Four.
 Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal. 
 He is a noteable graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and a distinguished alumnus of the Naval Postgraduate School.
Bursch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979, and was designated a naval flight officer in April 1980 at Pensacola, Florida. After initial training as an A-6E Intruder bombardier/navigator (B/N), he reported to Attack Squadron 34 in January 1981, and deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, and to the North Atlantic and Indian Oceans aboard the USS America. He attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in January 1984. Upon graduation in December he worked as a project test flight officer flying the A-6 Intruder until August 1984, when he returned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a flight instructor. In April 1987, Bursch was assigned to the Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1, as Strike Operations Officer, making deployments to the Indian Ocean aboard the USS Long Beach and the USS Midway. Redesignated an Aeronautical Engineering Duty officer (AEDO), he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from July 1989 until his selection to the astronaut program.
He has over 3,430 flight hours in more than 35 different aircraft.
Bursch was part of the NASA team for 15 years, from his selection in January 1990 until May 2005.  He became an astronaut in July 1991. Click here for detailed information  on his NASA assignments and missions.  In January 2003, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA for a two year assignment as an instructor in the Space Systems Academic Group. He left NASA in May 2005 and later retired from active duty in July 2005 after 26 years of service in the US Navy. Bursch joined The Aerospace Corporation in July 2005 and is currently serving as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School. He continues to work with NASA as a consultant.
Dan Bursch was born July 25, 1957, in Bristol, Pennsylvania. He considers Vestal, New York, to be his hometown. 

Graduated from Vestal Senior High School, Vestal, New York, in 1975.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1979, and later a Master of Science degree in engineering science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA 1991.
Bursch is a member of:
 The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
 The Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Online Community
 The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation 
 National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), User Panel
 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Fellow and former Vice Chair, Pt. Lobos
 Association of Space Explorers (ASE)
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