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Meet Astronaut Mark Lee

Apr 16, 2024 - Apr 20, 2024 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: Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • Education: BSc. in Civil Engineering - U.S. Air Force Academy; Class of 1974
  • Education: MSc. in Mechanical Engineering - MIT; Class of 1980
  • Pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
  • 4500 hours of flight time in T-38, F-4, and F-16
  • 1984 NASA class selection
Mark Lee

Meet Astronaut Mark Lee

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