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Meet Astronaut Julie Payette

Oct 28, 2023 - Oct 31, 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: Montreal, Quebec
  • Education: International Baccalaureate from United World College of the Atlantic; Class of 1982
  • Education: BSc of Engineering from McGill University; Cum Laude; Class of 1986
  • Education: MSc of Applied Science - Computer Engineering from University of Toronto; Class of 1990
  • Fluent in French and English; can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German
  • Member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, International Academy of Astronautics, and Board of Canada's "Own the Podium" Olympic High Performance Program.
  • Canadian Space Agency (CSA) 1992; Completed astronaut training in Houston, Texas in 1998.
CSA Julie Payette

Meet Astronaut Julie Payette