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Meet Astronaut Dominic "Tony" Antonelli

Dec 29, 2021 - Jan 02, 2022 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Astronauts are back! Join Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in welcoming back NASA’s veteran astronauts as part of our daily schedule and add-on enhancements.  

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 a veteran NASA astronaut. 

Meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities.  See the Daily Schedule for the times for each when you arrive. 

  • The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for a presentation from the astronaut and a question-and-answer session, so be prepared to ask him or her what you have always wanted to know.
  • Visitors can also get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop and Shuttle Express at various times during the day.
  • During the all-new Chat With An Astronaut, enjoy a sampling of food and beverages while having a group conversation with the Astronaut of the Day about what it is really like to live and work in space.  This new add-on enhancement requires daily admission.

About Tony Antonelli:

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan 
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science degree BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from University of Washington 
  • Served as a Naval Aviator in support of Operation Southern Watch 
  • Earned 3,200 flight hours and 273 carrier landings 
  • Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School (Navy Exchange Pilot) 
  • Selected by NASA in 2000 
  • Flown on two space shuttle missions: 
    • STS-119 in 2009, where he delivered the S6 Truss to the International Space Station (ISS) 
    • STS-132 in 2010, where he delivered an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian mini-Research Module to the ISS 
Dominic "Tony" Antonelli

Meet Astronaut Dominic "Tony" Antonelli