Fly With An Astronaut | Mark LeeAug 25, 2017 09:15 AM - Aug 25, 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.
Astronaut Mark Lee was an experienced pilot and logged 4,500 hours of flying time before joining NASA in 1984. His journey began at the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and an assignment at Okinawa Air Base, Japan for over 2 years. Lee returned to America to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and receive a master’s degree in mechanical engineering by 1980. He eventually became an executive officer and flight commander at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, before he was selected to join the Astronaut Corps.
Lee has acted twice as Mission Specialist and twice as Payload Commander for 4 space shuttle flights. His first flight aboard Atlantis deployed the Magellan spacecraft designed to explore Venus’ atmosphere and magnetic field and photograph the planet’s surface. His most recent journey to space was on shuttle Discovery to capture and repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Lee guided the crew to completing the mission and released the HST at a higher orbit so it could start recording new information.
Lee has performed a total of 26 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalks, including an untethered walk to test the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) jetpack. He continued to work with NASA as Chief of the EVA Robotics Branch until his retirement in 2001. He currently lives in Texas where he is the managing principal for the Houston office of Affiliated Engineers.