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Meet Astronaut Terrence Wilcutt

Aug 03, 2022 - Aug 06, 2022 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 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.



Astronaut Bio:


  • Born: Russellville, Kentucky
  • Education: Bachelor's in Mathematics - Western Kentucky University; Class of 1974
  • Commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1976
  • Naval Aviator designation in 1978
  • Graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun)
  • Over 6,000 flight hours in 30 aircraft
  • 1990 NASA class selection

Meet Astronaut Terrence Wilcutt

Terrence Wilcutt


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