Fly With An Astronaut Bob SpringerApr 07, 2017 09:15 AM - Apr 07, 2017 01:30 PM Kennedy Space Center
Tour Kennedy Space Center with an Astronaut Guide
Explore Kennedy Space Center as part of a small group with your astronaut guide. Discover the birthplace of America’s space program with an experienced space explorer by your side as you tour Space Shuttle Atlantis® and blast off on Shuttle Launch Experience®, along with touring the iconic sites of Kennedy Space Center by motor coach. Savor a catered lunch at the LC-39 Observation Gantry in the heart of historic Launch Complex 39, where the Apollo astronauts launched to the moon!
- $199 for adults; $174 for children ages 3-11, includes daily admission.
- Annual passholders pay only $149 for adults and $134 for children. Annual passholder Fly With An Astronaut tickets are only available by calling 855-456-6597.
- Tour is scheduled 9:15 am to 1:30 pm.
- Space is limited to 43 participants.
- This tour may not be suitable for young children due to the length of the tour and minors must be accompanied by a participating, paying adult over the age of 18.
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Must be a minimum of 44"/111.76 cm to ride the Shuttle Launch Experience. Astronaut(s), times, dates and tour/dining locations are subject to change. Fly With An Astronaut includes daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Robert C. Springer is a veteran of both NASA and the United States Marine Corps. He has logged more than 6,500 flying hours in his career, including as a mission specialist on two space shuttle flights, the STS-29 mission aboard Discovery and the STS-38 mission aboard Atlantis.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Springer was commissioned into the U.S. Marines and achieved the rank of colonel. He served two tours in Vietnam, where he completed more than 300 combat missions flying F-4 phantoms and more than 250 missions flying helicopters. He served as a test pilot for more than 20 different aircraft during his military career. In 1980, Springer was selected to be an astronaut by NASA. He worked as orbit Capsule Communicator, or CAPCOM, in the Mission Control Center for seven flights between 1984 and 1985. His responsibility was to relay complex information from Mission Control in a concise message to the orbiting astronauts.
Springer’s first mission, STS-29 aboard Discovery, launched March 13, 1989. While in orbit, the crew deployed a tracking and data relay satellite. In addition, the crew of STS-29 performed several student experiments and took more than 4,000 photographs of Earth, including IMAX movie images. His second mission, STS-38 aboard Atlantis, launched November 15, 1990, and was a Department of Defense classified mission.
Springer is a strong advocate of education and vigorously promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in support of the United States space program. He serves on numerous boards and councils related to education. Currently, Springer is the president of Springer Consulting and specializes in aerospace consultation and motivational speaking.
Fly With An Astronaut Bob Springer