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Meet Astronaut JR Reilly

Mar 12, 2023 - Mar 14, 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: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho
  • University of Texas, Dallas - PhD in Geosciences, class of 1995
  • University of Texas, Dallas - MSc in Geosciences, class of 1987
  • University of Texas, Dallas - BSc in Geosciences, class of 1977
  • Served as 17th Director of the United Stated Geological Survey
  • 1994 NASA Class selection
  • Reserve Lt. Commander in United States Navy
  • 2500 total flight hours
JR Reilly

Meet Astronaut JR Reilly