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Meet Astronaut John Fabian

Jan 17, 2022 - Jan 21, 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.



  • From Pullman, Washington
  • Has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Commissioned to the United States Air Force in 1962
  • Completed flight training in Williams Air Force Base in Arizona
  • Aeronautics Professor at the Air Force Academy
  • Selected by NASA in 1978
  • Assisted in development of the RMS and satellite deploy and retrieval techniques.
    • STS-7 in 1983
    • STS-51G in 1985
Official portrait of astronaut John Fabian

Meet Astronaut John Fabian