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Meet Astronaut Ken Cameron

Dec 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 
Ken Cameron

Meet Astronaut Ken Cameron


STS-37 Atlantis 

STS-56 Discovery 

STS-74 Atlantis