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Meet Astronaut J.O. Creighton

Jul 12, 2020 - Jul 14, 2020 Kennedy Space Center

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 veteran NASA astronauts.


You may meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities.  See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.

  • The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for a presentation from the astronaut and a discussion, so bring your questions and your camera.
  • Visitors can also get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at various times during the day.
  • With an additional purchase, visitors can enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch and group presentation during Dine With An Astronaut. Offered at noon daily, lunch includes a question and answer session and photo opportunities!

Astronaut Bio

John O. Creighton, or J.O., was born on April 28th, 1943 in Orange, Texas and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1966, and in 1978 received his Masters of Science in Administration of Science and Technology from George Washington University.

John was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978 as a part of the “35 New Guys.” The “35 New Guys” was astronaut class eight and the first group selected for space shuttle missions. After extensive training, Creighton got the opportunity as a pilot or commander of three space shuttle missions aboard Discovery and Atlantis. After his first flight piloting STS-51G on June 17, 1985, Creighton took on the position of astronaut representative to the Shuttle Program Manager following the Challenger accident in 1986. Creighton spent two years in this position helping to plan for future safe manned space flights and eventually commanded STS-36 Atlantis, February 28, 1990. Creighton also served as commander aboard STS-48 Discovery, where he and the crew deployed the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS).

Creighton spent more than 16 days in space and worked closely with NASA serving as lead CAPCOM for four space shuttle flights. He also worked for the Mission Support Branch and Operations Development Branch within the Astronaut Office. Captain Creighton left NASA and retired from the Navy in July 1992 to be a test pilot for Boeing, later becoming Chief Technical Pilot for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, tennis and boating.


Meet Astronaut J.O.Creighton

MissionsSTS-51G Discovery

STS-36 Atlantis

STS-48 Discovery


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