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Fly With An Astronaut | Susan Kilrain

Nov 13, 2020 - Nov 15, 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:

Susan Kilrain is a veteran of two space shuttle missions, spending nearly 20 days in space. She joined NASA in 1995, serving as CAPCOM in mission control prior to piloting her two missions. Kilrain piloted both of her missions and is one of only three women to ever pilot the space shuttle. Her first flight was STS-83 Columbia in 1997, but the mission was cut short due to complications. Just a few months later, Kilrain launched on STS-94 Columbia, a continuation of STS-83 and the first reflight of the same vehicle, crew and payloads.

Kilrain holds an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her background prior to NASA, includes serving as a naval aviator in the Navy. She also attended test pilot school at Patuxent River in Maryland. In total, she has 3,000 hours of flight time in 30 aircraft.

Today, she is retired and travels as a motivational speaker, encouraging others to follow their dreams, and reminding them that anyone can become an astronaut. She is married to Captain Colin Kilrain, and they live in Virginia Beach, VA with their four children.

Retired space shuttle astronaut Susan Kilrain waves to spectators from a Chevrolet Corvette during a commemorative parade in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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