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Meet Astronaut Charlie Walker

Oct 07, 2022 - Oct 10, 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: Bedford, Indiana
  • Education: BSc. in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering; Purdue University - Class of 1971
  • Assisted in development of the Aft Propulsion System for the Space Shuttle with McDonnell Douglas
  • Assisted in development of Continuous Flow Electrophoresis (pharmaceutical manufacturing process)
  • 3 Space Shuttle missions as a Payload Specialist
  • Assisted in the design and development of the International Space Station
Astronaut Charlie Walker

Meet Astronaut Charlie Walker

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STS-51-D Discovery

STS-61-B Atlantis