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Fly With An Astronaut | Norm Thagard

May 22, 2020 - May 24, 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:

Norman E. Thagard, M.D., served as mission specialist four times for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and was the first American to occupy Russia’s Mir space station.

A native Floridian, Thagard received degrees from Florida State and also earned a degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He became a naval aviator with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and flew combat missions in Vietnam. He earned his medical degree and was interning at the Medical University of South Carolina when he was selected by NASA for astronaut training in 1978.

Thagard flew twice on space shuttle Challenger, STS-7 in 1983 and STS-51-B in 1985. Thagard used his medical skills to collect data on physiological changes associated with astronaut adaptation to weightlessness. He was a crewmember on space shuttle Atlantis in 1989, for STS-30 where the crew deployed the Magellan Venus spacecraft to map that planet’s surface with radar instruments. Thagard’s final space shuttle flight was aboard Discovery in 1992 as payload commander.

In 1995, Thagard was the first American astronaut to blast off in a Soyuz spacecraft from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome for a flight to the Mir space station. Following this flight, Thagard resigned from NASA to teach at Florida State University. Currently, he is an Associate Dean of the FAMU-FSC College of Engineering. Norman Thagard was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 1, 2004.

Astronaut Norm Thagard

Fly With An Astronaut | Norm Thagard

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