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Fly With An Astronaut | Wendy Lawrence

Sep 04, 2020 - Sep 06, 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 Wendy Lawrence was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1959. She has studied at the US Naval Academy, MIT, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She also spent time as the Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

Lawrence was an accomplished Naval aviator with over 1500 hours in six different kinds of helicopters and 800 shipboard landings. Her childhood dream of flying in space led her to apply for the Astronaut Corps. In 1992, Lawrence was selected by NASA and began training for her first flight onboard Space Shuttle Endeavor as the first female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to fly in space. Aboard Endeavour, the STS-67 crew’s mission was to study ultraviolet light radiating from distant objects and galaxies.

Lawrence went on to join three more shuttle crews over the next 10 years, including missions to Mir and the International Space Station. Wendy Lawrence’s final flight, STS-114 Return to Flight, was the first shuttle flight after the loss of Columbia. The crew of STS-114 tested and evaluated new procedures for the inspection and repair of the space shuttle thermal protection system, requiring EVA (extra vehicular activity or spacewalk) for in-flight repairs to the orbiter. Lawrence has spent a total of 51 days orbiting the Earth.

After 1225 hours in space, 11 years, and four shuttle flights later, Lawrence retired from NASA in 2006. She now spends her time supporting K-12 STEM education programs.

Astronaut Wendy Lawrence

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