ISN Captain 1st rank;
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE: July 25, 1957, Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA, but
considers Vestal, New York, to be his hometown.
His father, Dudley Bursch, resides in Stuart, Florida.
His mother, Betsy Bursch, is deceased.
Received a bachelor of science degree in physics from the United States
Naval Academy in 1979 and a master of science degree in engineering science
from the US Naval Postgraduate School in 1991.
MARITAL STATUS: married to Roni J. Patterson, has four children.
Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal,
and the Navy Achievement Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals.
One of Distinguished Graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy and the
U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
HOBBIES: tennis, softball, windsurfing, skiing, and woodworking.
Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979, he was designated
a naval flight officer for service at Pensacola Naval Base, 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. In 1984 he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
Upon graduation from the School he served as a project test flight officer
flying the A-6E Intruder aircraft until August 1984, after which he returned
to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a flight instructor.
In April 1987, Bursch was assigned to the Commander, and participated
in deployments to the Indian Ocean aboard the USS Long Beach and the USS
Midway. Designated 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 2,900 flight hours in more than 35 different types of aircraft.
Selected by NASA as a candidate astronaut in January 1990, Bursch became
an astronaut in July 1991. He worked in the Astronaut Office Operations
Development Branch, working on controls and displays for the Space Shuttle
and Space Station Programs; as Chief of Astronaut Appearances; as a spacecraft
communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center. A veteran of three
space flights, Bursch has logged over 746 hours in space.
On September 12-22, 1993, Bursch took his first space flight as a mission
specialist of the Discovery crew (STS-51). Mission duration was 236 hours
and 11 minutes.
From September 30 to October 11, 1994, he took his second flight as
a mission specialist of the Endeavor crew (STS-68) with Space Radar Lab-2
(SRL-2) in the shuttle cargo bay. Mission duration was 269 hours and 46
On May 19-29, 1996, he took his third space flight as a mission specialist
of the Endeavor crew (STS-77) with the Spacehab module in the shuttle cargo
bay. Mission duration was 240 hours and 39 minutes.
Assigned to the fourth crew scheduled to live on the International
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA)