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Meet Astronaut Jack Lousma

Mar 29, 2023 - Apr 02, 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:

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Education: B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Education: M.S. U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
  • U.S. Marine Corps - Commissioned in 1959; Flight Wings earned in 1960
  • 7000 hours of flight time
  • 1966 NASA class selection
  • Crew Support: Apollo 9, 10, & 13
  • Skylab 2: Pilot - 2 months spent in space completing mission objectives
Jack Lousma

Meet Astronaut Jack Lousma

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