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Fly With An Astronaut John Herrington

Nov 04, 2017 09:15 AM - Nov 04, 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 Bio

Though he grew up in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, astronaut John Herrington graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1976. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in 1983. Herrington received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1985. Following his selection as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer, Herrington reported to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he completed a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in June 1995. He received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho in 2014.

Selected by NASA in April 1996, he completed two years of training and evaluation and then was qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Initially, Herrington was assigned to both the Shuttle and International Space Station Branches in support of Guidance Navigation and Control systems. Herrington was also assigned to the Flight Support Branch of the Astronaut Office where he served as a member of the Astronaut Support Personnel team responsible for Shuttle launch preparations and post-landing operations. In November 2002, he flew on STS-113 logging over 330 hours in space, including 3 EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. Post-flight, Herrington was assigned as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) supporting Shuttle and Space Station training and operations. In the summer of 2003, Herrington was detailed to support International Space Station training efforts in both the United States and Russia. Following this assignment, he became a member of the Extravehicular Activities (EVA) Branch supporting Russian/US EVA hardware and operations. For his last assignment, he was chosen to become the Chief Engineer for Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) at Johnson Space Center.

On October 1, 2005, he retired from the U.S. Navy and left NASA to pursue a career in the commercial space industry. Currently, Herrington serves as an ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation. For the past 8 years, he has served as a judge and judge advisor for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Oklahoma Regional. Herrington currently resides in Idaho with his family. He enjoys flying, rock climbing, snow skiing, running, and cycling.

John Herrington

Fly With An Astronaut John Herrington