Meet Astronaut Bob CenkerMar 23, 2017 11:00 AM - Mar 27, 2017 06:00 PM 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.
NASA Astronaut Bob Cenker was born and raised near Uniontown, Pa. He graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, then later attended Rutgers and received another master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Cenker worked as an electrical and aerospace engineer at the RCA (General Electric Co.) Astro Space Division. Over a period of 18 years, he was involved with numerous space-related assignments, including spacecraft assembly, test and pre-launch operations. Cenker also worked extensively on navigation and communication satellites.
Cenker was chosen by RCA to be a payload specialist for the deployment of the RCA Satcom Ku-1 satellite. After he was approved by NASA, Cenker launched with the STS-61C mission aboard Columbia on January 12, 1986. This was the first flight made by Columbia in more than two years. During the six-day mission, Cenker performed physiological tests, operated an infrared imaging camera and observed the satellite’s deployment.
Since his time in space, Cenker has continued working as an engineering consultant for various firms handling spacecraft design, assembly and flight operations.