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Meet Astronaut Bob Cenker

Mar 17, 2023 - Mar 21, 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: Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • Education: BSc. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University
  • Education: MSc. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University; Class of 1973
  • Education: MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; Class of 1977
  • Served on the technical staff at the RCA/GE Astro Space Division
  • Systems engineering and operations support for Intelsat, AT&T, and Series 7000 communication satellites
Astronaut Bob Cenker

Meet Astronaut Bob Cenker

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