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Fly With An Astronaut | Fred Gregory

Nov 15, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019 | 9:15 AM - 1:30 PM Daily Kennedy Space Center

Tour Kennedy Space Center with an Astronaut Guide

Explore Kennedy Space Center as part of a small group with your astronaut guide. Discover the birthplace of America’s space program with an experienced space explorer by your side as you tour Space Shuttle Atlantis® and blast off on Shuttle Launch Experience®, along with touring the iconic sites of Kennedy Space Center by motor coach. Savor a catered lunch!

  • $199 for adults; $174 for children ages 3-11, includes daily admission.
  • Annual passholders pay only $149 for adults and $134 for children. Annual passholder Fly With An Astronaut tickets are only available by calling 855-456-6597.
  • Tour is scheduled 9:15 am to approximately 1:30 pm.
  • Space is limited to 43 participants.
  • This tour may not be suitable for young children due to the length of the tour and minors must be accompanied by a participating, paying adult over the age of 18.   

Note: Astronaut(s), times, dates and tour/dining locations are subject to change.



Astronaut Bio

Fred Gregory was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1978. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions totaling more than 455 hours in space. Since Gregory was a young boy, he’s always wanted to fly. Years later, Gregory followed his dream to the United States Air Force Academy where he studied military engineering before graduating in 1964. He received his wings in 1965 after attending pilot and helicopter training at Stead Air Force Base, Nevada. Since then, Gregory has accumulated over 6,976 hours of flying time including 550 combat missions in Vietnam.

On April 29, 1985, STS-51B/Spacelab-3 Challenger launched with Fred Gregory as its pilot. For seven days, the crew of Skylab-3 performed experiments on atmospheric physics and life sciences. Gregory’s second mission, on November 22, 1989, on STS-33 Discovery launched carrying payloads for the Department of Defense. The last mission Gregory launched with was STS-44 Atlantis on November 24, 1991. The crew deployed a Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite and evaluated medical countermeasures to long duration space flight.

Following his space flights, Gregory worked as Associate Administrator for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters from 1992 until 2001. He became NASA’s Deputy Administrator in 2002 until his retirement from NASA in 2005. On May 1, 2004, Gregory was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. He has been awarded many honors and medals including three NASA Space Flight Medals and the National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished National Scientist Award. Gregory continues to stay active in his down time by fishing and hunting.

Astronaut Fred Gregory

Fly With An Astronaut | Fred Gregory

MissionsSTS-51-B Challenger

STS-33 Discovery

STS-44 Atlantis


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