Event Details
Payload Blog

Meet Astronaut Steve Smith

Jan 06, 2023 - Jan 09, 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.




  • Born: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Education: BSc. Electrical Engineering from Stanford; Class of 1981
  • Education: MSc. Electrical Engineering from Stanford; Class of 1982
  • Education: Masters in Business Administration from Stanford; Class of 1987
  • 49+ hours of space walks - second on the American and third on the World spacewalk duration record lists.
  • 1989 NASA class list
Astronaut Steve Smith

Meet Astronaut Steve Smith

MissionsSTS-68 Endeavour

STS-82 Discovery

STS-103 Discovery

STS-110 Atlantis