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Meet Astronaut Mike Baker

Dec 04, 2020 - Dec 08, 2020 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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 Bio:

A veteran of four space flights, astronaut Mike Baker has logged 965 hours in space. He served as pilot on STS-43 (1991) and STS-52 (1992), and was the mission commander on STS-68 (1994) and STS-81 (1997). Baker was assigned as the International Space Station Program Manager for International and Crew Operations and was responsible for the coordination of program operations, integration and flight crew training and support activities with the International Partners.

Baker also served as an ascent, entry and orbit spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for STS-27, STS-29, STS-30, STS-28, STS-34, STS-33, STS-32, STS-36, STS-31, STS-38 and STS-35. In this capacity, his duties included communication with the Shuttle crew during simulations and actual missions, as well as working procedural problems and modifications between missions.

He retired from NASA January 2017 after serving many leadership roles and earning numerous special honors.

Astronaut Michael A. Baker poses for his oficial portait as a NASA astronaut.

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