Meet Astronaut Ken CameronDec 04, 2023 - Dec 07, 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.
About Ken Cameron:
- From Rocky River, Ohio
- Holds degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps
- Served as an Infantry Platoon Commander with 1st Batt., 5th Marine Regiment in Southeast Asia
- Undertook flight training in Pensacola, FL
- Attended the United States Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD
- Earned 4,000 flight hours in 48 different aircraft
- Selected by NASA in 1984
- Flown on three shuttle missions:
- STS-37 in 1991 - Gamma Ray Observatory
- STS-56 in 1993 - ATLAS-2 studied effects of solar activity on Earth’s climate.
- STS-74 in 1995 - The first flight to develop and execute procedures for building the International Space Station
- Retired from NASA and the United States Marine Corps in 1996
Meet Astronaut Ken Cameron