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Meet Astronaut Heidi Piper

Mar 04, 2023 - Mar 08, 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: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Education: BSc. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Class of 1984
  • Education MSc. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Class of 1985
  • Trained at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center as a Navy Basic Diving Officer and Salvage Officer.
  • Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and other service medals.
  • 1996 NASA class selection
Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

Meet Astronaut Heidi Piper