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Fly With An Astronaut | Bruce Melnick

Oct 11, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019 | 9:15 AM - 1:30 PM Daily Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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:

Bruce Melnick was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1987. On October 6, after a year of training, he was assigned as a mission specialist aboard space shuttle Discovery for flight STS-41. He and the crew deployed the ULYSSES spacecraft, designed to study the polar regions of the sun. Other payloads and experiments included mapping atmospheric ozone levels of Earth via the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet instrument (SSBUV), conducting a Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE) to create fire in space and performing multiple experiments on plants.

As part of the crew of STS-49, on the maiden flight of space shuttle Endeavour in 1992, Melnick served as a flight engineer. He assisted in the capture of the Intelsat VI communications satellite using the Remote Manipulator System. The crew attached a new rocket to the satellite before releasing it back into orbit.

Bruce Melnick began his career in the Armed Forces, serving in the Coast Guard for twenty years.

He earned numerous awards, including two Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. During his military career, Melnick logged more than 5,000 hours flying time, primarily in the H-3, H-52, H-65 and T-38 aircraft.

Bruce Melnick, now retired, continues to work toward the advancement of space exploration. From 1992-1996 he worked for Lockheed Martin, as Vice President/Director for Shuttle Engineering. He then became Vice President at the Boeing Company for NASA’s Payload Ground Operations Contract at Kennedy Space Center. There, Melnick arranged and prepared space shuttles for launch and processed the shuttles after landing.

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