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Astronaut Dan Tani's Statement on the Death of His Mother

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2007

WASHINGTON - The following statement is from Daniel Tani, NASA astronaut and Expedition 16 flight engineer on the International Space Station, regarding the death of his mother.

"I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences during this time of grieving for me and my family. Living on the space station means that I experience all aspects of life -- be they joyous or tragic -- while circling the Earth without a convenient way to return. Of course, I was aware of this situation before my mission and I fully accept that I will proudly complete my mission on the International Space Station and join my family when I return. My NASA management and colleagues have been fully supportive through this and I would like to thank them for their concern and compassion.

"My mother was a complete joy. Those who knew her will know that words cannot describe her vitality, generosity and warmth. She was my hero. We will all miss her dearly.

"I understand the interest in our lives based upon my job. Please respect our desire for privacy during this difficult time. Thank you."

For more information on astronaut Tani, visit:

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

For more information on Expedition 16 and the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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