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Meet Astronaut Robert "Bob" Thirsk

May 11, 2022 - May 15, 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.



  • Born in New Westminster, British Columbia.
  • Holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University.
  • Selected by the Canadian Space Agency in 1983.
  • Has flown on two spaceflights:
    • STS-78 in 1996
    • ISS Expedition 20/21
Astronaut Robert "Bob" Thirsk

Meet Astronaut Robert "Bob" Thirsk