Meet Astronaut Jerry CarrJan 03, 2019 - Jan 07, 2019 Kennedy Space Center
NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.
You may meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities. See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.
- The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for a presentation from the astronaut and a discussion, so bring your questions and your camera.
- Visitors can also get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at various times during the day.
- With an additional purchase, visitors can enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch and group presentation during Dine With An Astronaut. Offered at noon daily, lunch includes a question and answer session and photo opportunities!
Astronaut Jerry Carr started his career at the ripe age of 17. In 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and became an all-weather interceptor pilot for 11 years before joining NASA. Carr was selected by NASA in 1966 to become an astronaut. He was one of 19 astronauts chosen that year. He has logged 8,300 hours of flying time and achieved numerous awards and medals including the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s Exceptional Achievement Award and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1974.
In the beginning of his career with NASA, Carr served as CAPCOM with Mission Control for Apollo flights 8 and 12. He also assisted with the development of the lunar roving vehicle used by the Apollo flight crews on the moon. On November 16, 1973, Skylab 4 launched into Earth’s orbit and would remain there 84 days. Carr was commander of this mission, and the crew performed more than 100 experiments and made observations of the sun’s solar processes using the Apollo Telescope Mount.
Three Skylab missions paved the way for the International Space Station (ISS) which currently orbits the Earth. Skylab proved that humans could live and work in space for long periods of time. Jerry Carr and his crew held the American record of longest duration of time spent in space for 20 years until the Shuttle-Mir program in the 1990s. While in orbit, Carr completed 3 spacewalks totaling 15 hours and 48 minutes.
Having achieved the rank of Colonel, Carr retired from the U.S. Marines in 1975, and then retired from NASA in 1977. He went on to become the Senior Vice President of Bovay Engineers, Inc. until 1981. He founded CAMUS in 1984 which provided the Boeing Company technical support during the crew systems design of the ISS.