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Fly With An Astronaut | JR Reilly

Oct 08, 2017 09:15 AM - Oct 08, 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

Jim Reilly has always been an explorer even before he ventured into the depths of space on three shuttle missions. He has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Texas-Dallas. While completing his graduate degree, Reilly was selected as a research scientist in 1977, for a scientific expedition to Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica where they studied stable isotope geochronology. In 1980, Reilly began a 14-year tenure as an oil and gas exploration geologist for Enserch Exploration Inc. He was eventually promoted to chief geologist of the Offshore Region, becoming involved in deep water engineering projects and biological research. For 22 days Reilly was in deep submergence vehicles operated by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and the U.S. Navy. 

Exploring the bottom of the ocean wasn’t Reilly’s last adventure. NASA selected him to be an astronaut candidate in December 1994. He began serving as the Astronaut Office lead on shuttle training. Reilly flew on STS-117 Atlantis June 8, 2007, as a mission specialist. On this mission, the crew performed repairs on the International Space Station requiring five astronauts to conduct spacewalks of which Reilly completed two. He has accomplished five spacewalks during his three mission career as an astronaut.

Reilly retired from NASA in May 2008 and is currently the curriculum developer at Delta Solutions and Strategies in Colorado Springs, Colo. He also works as Associate Vice President, Dean of Science and Technology Development at the American Public University System. He has received several awards throughout the years including the Antarctic Service Medal in 1978 and the Seventh Honorary U.S. Marshal in 2001. Besides working, Reilly nourishes a few hobbies such as photography or fishing. He’s also a big soccer fan!
JR Reilly

Fly With An Astronaut | JR Reilly