Astronaut Experiences

We offer two ways to interact with astronauts at Space Center Houston. Each option provides the opportunity to hear first-hand space exploration stories from a NASA astronaut.

Our astronaut experiences include Lunch with an Astronaut and Astronaut Mission Memories.

Find out what each experience offers, explore the astronaut schedule, and get tickets below.

Lunch with an Astronaut


Enhance your Space Center Houston experience with Lunch with an Astronaut, our ultimate astronaut opportunity giving you the most access to a NASA astronaut.

Get a glimpse into the space program from an astronaut's perspective while enjoying a delicious lunch. After the presentation, join in a Q&A session with the veteran space explorer.

As a memento of your visit, you will receive a personalized photograph from our guest astronaut. You will also have the opportunity to snap a stellar selfie with the space explorer, so don't forget your camera!

Lunch with an Astronaut occurs Fridays and Saturdays at noon. Check the schedule below to learn more about the astronauts and when they will be speaking.

Lunch with an Astronaut tickets include admission to Space Center Houston. Adult tickets are $69.95 and child (ages 4-11) tickets are $35.95.

Guest capacity is limited to allow for a more intimate experience so get your tickets today!

×Due to COVID-19 safety measures, Lunch with an Astronaut is temporarily canceled.

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Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cancellations and date changes must be made two weeks prior to the date of visit to be refunded.

Astronaut Mission Memories


Every Friday and Saturday, a NASA astronaut shares some of their mission memories with guests at Space Center Houston at 11 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Join us for this 30-minute space exploration journey in Astronaut Gallery.

Check the schedule below to learn more about the astronauts and when they will be speaking.

Astronaut Mission Memories are included in general admission.

3. Virtual Astronaut Visits


Watch a live virtual presentation from a NASA astronaut with our Virtual Astronaut Visits.

Learn about their mission experiences and submit questions for the astronaut to answer live. Watch past Virtual Astronaut Visit presentations below.

Check the schedule below to learn more about the astronauts and when they will be speaking.

Astronaut Schedule

Schedule legend: Lunch with an Astronaut = | Astronaut Mission Memories =
Note: Astronaut schedule subject to change

Clay Anderson

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1998
  • Veteran of two spaceflights
  • Logged over 167 days in space
  • Logged 38 hours of spacewalk time

Appearance schedule

  • Aug. 14 -
  • Nov. 13 -
  • Nov. 23 -
  • Dec. 12 -
  • Dec. 18 -

Ken Cameron

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1984
  • Veteran of three spaceflights
  • Logged over 23 days in space

Appearance schedule

  • Aug. 15 -
  • Aug. 22 -

Leroy Chiao

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1990
  • Veteran of four spaceflights
  • Logged a total of 229 days in space
  • Logged 36 hours of spacewalk time

Appearance schedule

  • Sept. 4 -
  • Sept. 25 -
  • Oct. 3 -
  • Nov. 6 -

Brian Duffy

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1985
  • Veteran of four spaceflights
  • Logged over 40 days in space

Appearance schedule

  • July 25 -
  • Oct. 9 -
  • Oct. 10 -
  • Oct. 13 -
  • Oct. 16 -
  • Oct. 17 -
  • Nov. 24 -
  • Nov. 25 -
  • Nov. 27 -
  • Nov. 28 -

Anna Fisher

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1978
  • Veteran of one spaceflight
  • Logged over 8 days in space

Appearance schedule

  • Nov. 7 -

Mike Foreman

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1998
  • Veteran of two spaceflights
  • Logged over 26 days in space
  • Logged 36 hours of spacewalk time

Appearance schedule

  • July 24 -
  • Aug. 7 -
  • Aug. 8 -
  • Sept. 5 -
  • Oct. 2 -
  • Oct. 30 -
  • Nov. 14 -

Rick Hieb

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1985
  • Veteran of three spaceflights
  • Logged over 31 days in space
  • Logged 17 hours of spacewalk time

Appearance schedule

  • Sept. 18 -
  • Sept. 19 -
  • Nov. 20 -
  • Nov. 21 -
  • Dec. 4 -
  • Dec. 5 -

Tom Jones

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1990
  • Veteran of seven spaceflights
  • Logged over 53 days in space
  • Logged 19 hours of spacewalk time

Appearance schedule

  • Sept. 11 -
  • Sept. 12 -

Bill McArthur

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1990
  • Veteran of four spaceflights
  • Logged over 224 days in space

Appearance schedule

  • July 31 -
  • Aug. 21 -
  • Aug. 28 -
  • Oct. 23 -
  • Oct. 31 -
  • Dec. 19 -
  • Dec. 26 -

Mark Polansky

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1992
  • Veteran of three spaceflights
  • Logged over 41 days in space

Appearance schedule

  • Aug. 1 -
  • Aug. 29 -
  • Oct. 24 -

Jerry Ross

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1980
  • Veteran of seven spaceflights
  • Logged over 58 days in space
  • Logged 58 hours of spacewalk time

Appearance schedule

  • Sept. 26 -
The 2021 astronaut schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

Virtual Astronaut Visits

Dr. Tom Jones June 26 presentation

Dr. Jones is a planetary scientist, speaker, author, pilot, and veteran NASA astronaut. In more than 11 years with NASA, he flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent 53 days working and living in space, and in 2018 was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. As a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), Dr. Jones focuses on the future direction of human space exploration and planetary defense from asteroids. He has written books about aviation history and his own personal space exploration experiences, including: Sky Walking, Ask the Astronaut, Hell Hawks.

Dr. Leroy Chiao May 29 presentation

Chiao was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and is a veteran of four spaceflights. He logged a total of 229 days in space, including 36 hours of spacewalk time. He also became the first American to vote in a presidential election while in space in 2004. Chiao retired from NASA in 2005 and now is the CEO of OneOrbit, which inspires passion, boldness, and curiosity through keynotes, workshops and school programs designed to motivate people of all ages to overcome obstacles and find the courage to follow their dreams. Programs including virtual offerings dealing with uncertainty and motivation especially designed to provide practical tools, coping mechanism and inspiration for dealing with the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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