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Fly With An Astronaut Bill McArthur

Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 16, 2020 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!

  • $199 for adults; $174 for children ages 3-11, includes daily admission.
  • Annual passholders pay only $149 for adults and $134 for children. Annual passholder Fly With An Astronaut tickets are only available by calling 855-456-6597.
  • Tour is scheduled 9:15 am to approximately 1:30 pm.
  • 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.


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Astronaut Bio:

Bill McArthur, was born on July 26, 1951 in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and grew up in Wakulla, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1973, and in 1983 received his Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

McArthur was assigned to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1987 as a space shuttle vehicle integration test engineer, which included serving as the engineering liaison for launch and landing operations of the space shuttle. In January 1990, NASA selected McArthur to be an astronaut. His first mission was aboard the STS-58 Columbia. While on mission, the crew performed many medical experiments to expand our knowledge of human and animal physiology on Earth and in spaceflight. Additionally, they crew performed engineering tests and communicated with school children through the Shuttle Amateur Radio experiment. McArthur also went on the STS-74 Atlantis mission, STS-92 Discovery mission and the Expedition 12.

Since then, McArthur has held various assignments within the Astronaut Office, including working on issues relating to the solid rocket booster, served as chief of the Astronaut Office Flight Support branch, and later, chief of the Astronaut Office Space Station branch. He enjoys biking, photography and working with personal computers. McArthur is also an avid ham radio operator. By the time McArthur retired from the army in 2001, he had logged over 9,000 flight hours in 41 different air/spacecraft, making him a master army aviator.

Astronaut Bill McArthur in the ISS

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