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Meet Astronaut Barbara Morgan

Jun 27, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024 Kennedy Space Center

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: Fresno, California
  • Education: BA in Human Biology from Stanford University; Class of 1973
  • Education: Teaching Credential from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California
  • Served as back up for Christa McAuliffe in 1985-86 for NASA's Teacher in Space Program, STS-51L
  • 1998 NASA class selection
  • Served as Station and Shuttle Robot Arm Operator on STS-118
Astronaut Barbara Morgan

Meet Astronaut Barbara Morgan

MissionsSTS-118 Endeavour