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Meet Astronaut Guy Gardner

Aug 23, 2023 - Aug 27, 2023 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: Alta Vista, Virginia
  • B.S. Astronautics, Mathematics, and Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Class of 1969
  • M.S. Astronautics, Purdue University, Class of 1970
  • 1980 NASA class selection
  • Multiple special honors including Defense Distinguished Service Medal, 3 U.S. Air Force Distinguished Flying Crosses, and Distinguished Astronaut Engineering Alumnus of Purdue University
NASA Astronaut Guy Gardner

Meet Astronaut Guy Gardner


  • STS-27 Atlantis
  • STS-35 Columbia