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Meet Astronaut Bill McArthur

Oct 12, 2023 - Oct 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 in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • Education: B.S. - West Point, Class of 1973
  • Education: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Class of 1983
  • 1990 NASA class selection
  • Retired U.S. Army (2001) - Master Army Aviator (41 different aircraft/spacecraft)
Astronaut Bill McArthur in the ISS

Meet Astronaut Bill McArthur

Missions STS-58 Columbia

STS-74 Atlantis

STS-92 Discovery

Soyuz TMA-7

Expedition 12