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Fly With An Astronaut | Jerry Ross

Nov 16, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 | 9:15 AM - 1:30 PM Daily 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!

  • Annual passholder discounts for Fly With An Astronaut tickets are only available by calling 855-456-6597.
  • This Fly With An Astronaut is offered once a day for three days. The tour is scheduled for 9:15 AM to 1:30 PM daily. Each day offers the same tour, so choose which date is best for you!
  • 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

Jerry Ross is a retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force colonel. Ross entered active duty with the Air Force in 1972 and his time in the Air Force led Ross to become a payload officer/flight controller at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1979. After selected by NASA to be an astronaut in May 1980, Ross flew as a mission specialist for six of his record holding seven flights to space. He broke the world record for being the first human launched into space seven times. Over the span of almost 1,400 career hours in space, Ross conducted nine spacewalks totally more than 58 hours of extra vehicular activity.

Ross spent a considerable amount of time working on the International Space Station (ISS) between 1998 and 2002. Endeavour launched the first ISS assembly mission, STS-88, on December 4, 1998. It was a 12-day mission during which Ross completed three spacewalks and aided in connecting umbilicals between the U.S. Unity module and the Russian Zarya module. Five of Ross’s seven flights were flown on space shuttle Atlantis. From his first launch into space on November 26, 1986, aboard STS-61B Atlantis to his last on April 8, 2002 with STS-110 Atlantis. He also flew on STS-27 Atlantis, STS-37 Atlantis, STS-55 Columbia, and STS-74 Atlantis.

Throughout his career, Ross received 15 NASA medals and was awarded the American Astronautical Society’s Victor A. Prather Award for his numerous spacewalking achievements. Before retiring from NASA in January 2012, Ross served as chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at Johnson Space Center from 2003-2011. “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” is Ross’s recently published autobiography.

Astronaut Jerry Ross

Fly With An Astronaut | Jerry Ross

Missions STS-61B Atlantis

STS-27 Atlantis

STS-37 Atlantis

STS-55 Columbia

STS-74 Atlantis

STS-88 Endeavour

STS-110 Atlantis

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