Fly With An Astronaut | J.O. CreightonOct 13, 2017 09:15 AM - Oct 13, 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.
John O. Creighton, or J.O., was born on April 28th, 1943 in Orange, Texas and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1966, and in 1978 received his Masters of Science in Administration of Science and Technology from George Washington University.
John was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978 as a part of the “35 New Guys.” The “35 New Guys” was astronaut class eight and the first group selected for space shuttle missions. After extensive training, Creighton got the opportunity as a pilot or commander of three space shuttle missions aboard Discovery and Atlantis. After his first flight piloting STS-51G on June 17, 1985, Creighton took on the position of astronaut representative to the Shuttle Program Manager following the Challenger accident in 1986. Creighton spent two years in this position helping to plan for future safe manned space flights and eventually commanded STS-36 Atlantis, February 28, 1990. Creighton also served as commander aboard STS-48 Discovery, where he and the crew deployed the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS).
Creighton spent more than 16 days in space and worked closely with NASA serving as lead CAPCOM for four space shuttle flights. He also worked for the Mission Support Branch and Operations Development Branch within the Astronaut Office. Captain Creighton left NASA and retired from the Navy in July 1992 to be a test pilot for Boeing, later becoming Chief Technical Pilot for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, tennis and boating.