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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Astronaut's Mother Killed in Car Wreck

Imagine being away on a business trip when something bad happens at home, then imagine being in space when it happens.

HOUSTON (AP) — An astronaut aboard the international space station went back to work Thursday even as he grieved for his mother, who was killed a day earlier when a train struck her vehicle.

Rose Tani, the 90-year-old mother of astronaut Daniel Tani, died
Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of Lombard.

Daniel Tani, 46, is believed to be the first American astronaut to lose a
close family member while in space, NASA spokeswoman Nicole Cloutier said.


Police said Rose Tani stopped behind a school bus at a railroad crossing and then drove around the vehicle, bypassing the lowered crossing gate. The train struck Tani's vehicle on the passenger side and pushed it down the tracks before stopping.


Daniel Tani was supposed to fly home aboard Atlantis on Wednesday, but the shuttle's flight was postponed until January due to a fuel gauge problem. The earliest he could return to Earth at this point is late next month.

If any of you have relatives in space right now, do them a favor: try to drive safely. In fact, you might want to make a habit of it, just in case.

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