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Meet Astronaut Ken Cameron

Dec 19, 2021 - Dec 22, 2021 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 Ken Cameron:

  • From Rocky River, Ohio 
  • Holds degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps 
  • Served as an Infantry Platoon Commander with 1st Batt., 5th Marine Regiment in Southeast Asia 
  • Undertook flight training in Pensacola, FL 
  • Attended the United States Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD 
  • Earned 4,000 flight hours in 48 different aircraft 
  • Selected by NASA in 1984 
  • Flown on three shuttle missions: 
    • STS-37 in 1991 - Gamma Ray Observatory 
    • STS-56 in 1993 -  ATLAS-2 studied effects of solar activity on Earth’s climate. 
    • STS-74 in 1995 - The first flight to develop and execute procedures for building the International Space Station 
  • Retired from NASA and the United States Marine Corps in 1996 
Ken Cameron

Meet Astronaut Ken Cameron


STS-37 Atlantis 

STS-56 Discovery 

STS-74 Atlantis