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Meet Astronaut Mark Brown

Dec 01, 2023 - Dec 03, 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 in Valparaiso, Indiana
  • BSc in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University; Class of 1973
  • MSc in Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology; Class of 1980
  • 1984 NASA Class Selection
  • Flew both the T-33 and F-106 aircraft during his tenure with the 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron; K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan
  • Mission specialist on STS-28
Mark Brown NASA Astronaut

Meet Astronaut Mark Brown

Mark Brown