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Fly With An Astronaut | Bob Springer

Dec 11, 2020 - Dec 13, 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:

Robert C. Springer is a veteran of both NASA and the United States Marine Corps. He has logged more than 6,500 flying hours in his career, including as a mission specialist on two space shuttle flights, the STS-29 mission aboard Discovery and the STS-38 mission aboard Atlantis.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Springer was commissioned into the U.S. Marines and achieved the rank of colonel. He served two tours in Vietnam, where he completed more than 300 combat missions flying F-4 phantoms and more than 250 missions flying helicopters. He served as a test pilot for more than 20 different aircraft during his military career. In 1980, Springer was selected to be an astronaut by NASA. He worked as orbit Capsule Communicator, or CAPCOM, in the Mission Control Center for seven flights between 1984 and 1985. His responsibility was to relay complex information from Mission Control in a concise message to the orbiting astronauts.

Springer’s first mission, STS-29 aboard Discovery, launched March 13, 1989. While in orbit, the crew deployed a tracking and data relay satellite. In addition, the crew of STS-29 performed several student experiments and took more than 4,000 photographs of Earth, including IMAX movie images. His second mission, STS-38 aboard Atlantis, launched November 15, 1990, and was a Department of Defense classified mission.

Springer is a strong advocate of education and vigorously promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in support of the United States space program. He serves on numerous boards and councils related to education. Currently, Springer is the president of Springer Consulting and specializes in aerospace consultation and motivational speaking.

Bob Springer

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