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Fly With An Astronaut | Sam Gemar

Aug 14, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020 | 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!

  • 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.   

Note: Astronaut(s), times, dates and tour/dining locations are subject to change.



Astronaut Bio

Astronaut Charles “Sam” Gemar is a man of many talents. Sam Gemar began the road to NASA in 1973, when he enlisted in the army after graduating from high school, paving the road for his future in aviation. Gemar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy in 1979, and went on to work at Ft. Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield as an Assistant Flight Operations Officer and Flight Platoon Leader for the 24th Combat Aviation Battalion.

NASA selected Gemar as an astronaut candidate in June 1985. On March 4, 1994, Gemar flew as a mission specialist aboard STS-62 Columbia. This shuttle flight accomplished 60 experiments in various areas including, protein crystals growth and robotics. It was also the lowest shuttle flight ever flown at an altitude of 105 nautical miles. The mission lasted 13 days, 23 hours and 16 minutes, making it the second longest shuttle flight in history. In total, Gemar has flown on three shuttle missions, logging more than 580 hours in space. Gemar has earned numerous awards and honors, including three NASA Space Flight Medals, two National Defense Service Medals and an honorary doctorate of Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He retired from NASA in 1998.

From 2006 until 2009, Gemar worked as an on air personality for HDNet and covered live space shuttle launches out of Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Currently, Gemar is vice chairman at KAW Nation Industries, LLC. Gemar during his free time dabbles in woodworking and enjoys jogging and traveling.

Astronaut Sam Gemar

Fly With An Astronaut | Sam Gemar


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