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Fly With An Astronaut | Jon McBride

Jul 24, 2020 - Jul 26, 2020 | 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!

  • Annual passholder discounts for Fly With An Astronaut tickets are only available by calling 855-456-6597.
  • This Fly With An Astronaut is offered once a day for three days. The tour is scheduled for 9:15 AM to 1:30 PM daily. Each day offers the same tour, so choose which date is best for you!
  • 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:

Astronaut Jon McBride’s goal was to go to space even as a young boy. He followed in the path of his heroes, like Neil Armstrong, and became a Naval Aviator. McBride received flight training in Pensacola, Florida where he got his wings in 1966. He attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School earning an Aeronautical Engineering degree in 1971. In 1978, he was selected by NASA in the first class of space shuttle astronauts. Overall, he has logged more than 8,800 hours of flight time.

During his time with the Navy, McBride flew various military and civilian aircraft. He spent time in Southeast Asia where he flew 64 combat missions during the Vietnam conflict. Beginning his career with NASA, he served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for Mission Control and was a lead chase pilot for the first flight of Columbia.

On October 5, 1984, McBride launched with STS 41-G Challenger for an eight day mission. He was a member of the first crew of seven. While in orbit, they deployed the Earth Radiatioån Budget Satellite and performed scientific observations with the OSTA-3 pallet and Large Format Camera. During their mission, McBride also filmed about half of the IMAX movie “The Dream Is Alive” which aired at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for over 25 years.

McBride served as NASA’s Assistant Administrator for Congressional Relations (1987-1989). He was scheduled to command the crew of STS-35 Columbia, but the flight delayed in the wake of the Challenger disaster. McBride retired from NASA and the NAVY in May 1989 and pursued a career in business. Today, he works with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as a member of the Astronaut Encounter team. In addition to being a liaison between the visiting astronauts and the Visitor Complex, he also gives motivational lectures and presentations.

Astronaut Jon McBride

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