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Meet Astronaut Bob Thirsk

Feb 12, 2024 - Feb 15, 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: New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Education: BSc. in Mechanical Engineering - University of Calgary; Class of 1976
  • Education: MSc. in in Mechanical Engineering - MIT; Class of 1978
  • Education: PhD. in Medicine - McGill University; Class of 1982
  • Education: MBA - MIT Sloan School of Management; Class of 1988
  • 1983 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) class selection
  • Payload Specialist: STS-78; Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS)
  • First Canadian to go on a long-duration expedition aboard the International Space Station
Astronaut Robert "Bob" Thirsk

Meet Astronaut Bob Thirsk

Robert Thirsk


  • STS-78
  • Soyuz TMA-15
  • Expedition 20/21