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Meet Astronaut Susan Kilrain

Mar 22, 2024 - Mar 24, 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: Augusta, Georgia
  • Education: M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Commissioned as U.S. Navy officer in 1985
  • Designated U.S. Navy Aviator in 1987
  • Test Pilot School: NAS Patuxent River, Maryland
  • 3,000 hours flight time in 30 aircraft
  • 1995 NASA class selection
Retired space shuttle astronaut Susan Kilrain waves to spectators from a Chevrolet Corvette during a commemorative parade in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Meet Astronaut Susan Kilrain


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