Meet Astronaut Brian DuffyDec 19, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 Kennedy Space Center
NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.
Included with daily admission, the daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for discussion, so bring your questions and your camera. Visitors also have the opportunity to get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at the Visitor Complex at various times during the day. See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.
With additional purchase, visitors can enjoy a n exclusive group presentation with a veteran astronaut that includes a question and answer session during Lunch With An Astronaut offered at noon daily.
Brian Duffy became an astronaut in July 1986 and later served on four Space Shuttle flights – twice as pilot and twice as commander. During his final mission on STS-92 in 2000, he and his crew attached key hardware pieces to the International Space Station, which opened the door for future assembly missions and prepared the station for its first resident crew. He logged 40 days, 17 hours in space.
His other NASA experience includes acting as spacecraft communicator in Mission Control during numerous other Space Shuttle missions. He also served as Assistant Director (Technical) and Deputy Director (Acting) of the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston. Upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force and NASA in 2001, he joined Lockheed Martin and spent a decade managing all aspects of KSC’s networks and communications systems that supported the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Expendable Launch Vehicle programs. He later managed Lockheed Martin’s military space division. Today, he serves as Vice President of JSC/KSC Exploration Systems at Orbital ATK, where he leads a coalition that is developing the systems required for deep space exploration.
A Boston native, Duffy earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the USAF Academy Association of Graduates, the Air Force Association and the Association of Space Explorers. Brian Duffy was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2016.
Meet Astronaut Brian Duffy