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Meet Astronaut Tony Antonelli

Mar 12, 2024 - Mar 17, 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: Detroit, Michigan
  • Education: BSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Education: MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from University of Washington
  • Served as Naval Aviator in support of Operation Southern Watch
  • 3,200 flights hours with 273 aircraft carrier landings
  • Distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Navy Exchange Pilot)
  • 2000 NASA class selection
Dominic "Tony" Antonelli

Meet Astronaut Tony Antonelli