Fly With An Astronaut | Jon McBrideJan 13, 2018 09:15 AM - Jan 13, 2018 01:30 PM Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
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!
- $199 for adults and includes daily admission
- $174 for children ages 3-11 and 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.
- Guests must be a minimum of 44"/111.76 cm to ride the Shuttle Launch Experience.
Note: Astronaut(s), times, dates and tour/dining locations are subject to change.
During his time with the Navy, McBride flew various military and civilian aircraft. He spent time in Southeast Asia where he flew 64 combat missions during the Vietnam conflict. Beginning his career with NASA, he served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for Mission Control and was a lead chase pilot for the first flight of Columbia.
On October 5, 1984, McBride launched with STS 41-G Challenger for an eight day mission. He was a member of the first crew of seven. While in orbit, they deployed the Earth Radiatioån Budget Satellite and performed scientific observations with the OSTA-3 pallet and Large Format Camera. During their mission, McBride also filmed about half of the IMAX movie “The Dream Is Alive” which aired at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for over 25 years.
McBride served as NASA’s Assistant Administrator for Congressional Relations (1987-1989). He was scheduled to command the crew of STS-35 Columbia, but the flight delayed in the wake of the Challenger disaster. McBride retired from NASA and the NAVY in May 1989 and pursued a career in business. Today, he works with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as a member of the Astronaut Encounter team. In addition to being a liaison between the visiting astronauts and the Visitor Complex, he also gives motivational lectures and presentations.