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 Breakfast with an Astronaut and Astronaut Mission Memories.

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

Breakfast with an Astronaut


Enhance your Space Center Houston experience with Breakfast 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 breakfast catered by Wolfgang Puck. 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. Breakfast with an Astronaut occurs on select Fridays and every Saturday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Food Lab. Check the schedule below to learn more about the astronauts and when they will be speaking.

The Breakfast with an Astronaut menu includes fresh fruit, soft scrambled eggs with herbs*, traditional hash brown potatoes with sweet onion and chive butter*, boneless buttermilk fried chicken breast*, waffles*, and pastries* including croissant, fruit Danish, seasonal muffins, and gluten-free muffins. Beverages include juice, coffee, and water. There are no menu substitutions.*Contain egg and/or dairy.

Breakfast with an Astronaut tickets include admission to Space Center Houston. Adult tickets are $99.95 and child (ages 4-11) tickets are $79.95. Discovery Circle members receive additional discounts on tickets.

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

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Cancellations and date changes must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date. If a refund is desired, the request for a refund must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 Mission Memories


Every Friday and Saturday, a NASA astronaut shares some of their mission memories with guests at Space Center Houston at 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

Join us for this 30-minute space exploration journey in Space Center Theater.

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

Astronaut Mission Memories are included in general admission.

Astronaut Schedule

  • May 1 Anna Fisher
  • May 7 Brian Duffy
  • May 8 Brian Duffy
  • May 14 Clay Anderson
  • May 15 Anna Fisher
  • May 21 Rick Hieb
  • May 22 Rick Hieb
  • May 28 Clay Anderson
  • May 29 Bill McArthur
  • Jun 04 Michael Baker
  • Jun 05 Michael Baker
  • Jun 11 Mark Polansky
  • Jun 12 Anna Fisher
  • Jun 18 Ken Cameron
  • Jun 19 Ken Cameron
  • Jun 25 Ken Cameron
  • Jun 26 Ken Cameron
  • Jul 02 Mike Foreman
  • Jul 03 Mark Polansky
  • Jul 09 Brian Duffy
  • Jul 10 Brian Duffy
  • Jul 16 Bill McArthur
  • Jul 17 Brian Duffy
  • Jul 23 Tony Antonelli
  • Jul 24 Tony Antonelli
  • Jul 30 Tony Antonelli
  • Jul 31 Tony Antonelli
  • Aug 06 Mark Polansky
  • Aug 07 Rex Walheim
  • Aug 13 Mike Foreman
  • Aug 14 Rick Hieb
  • Aug 20 Mark Polansky
  • Aug 21 Brian Duffy
  • Aug 27 Rick Hieb
  • Aug 28 Rick Hieb
  • Sep 03 Bill McArthur
  • Sep 04 Anna Fisher
  • Sep 10 Mark Polansky
  • Sep 11 Bill McArthur
  • Sep 17 Linda Godwin
  • Sep 18 Linda Godwin
  • Sep 24 Rick Hieb
  • Sep 25 Rick Hieb
  • Oct 01 Mike Foreman
  • Oct 02 Clay Anderson
  • Oct 08 Leroy Chiao
  • Oct 09 Brian Duffy
  • Oct 15 Clay Anderson
  • Oct 16 Tony Antonelli
  • Oct 22 Kevin Ford
  • Oct 23 Kevin Ford
  • Oct 29 Don Thomas
  • Oct 30 Rick Hieb
  • Nov 05 Kevin Ford
  • Nov 06 Rex Walheim
  • Nov 12 Clay Anderson
  • Nov 13 Tony Antonelli
  • Nov 19 Mike Foreman
  • Nov 20 Brian Duffy
  • Nov 26 Michael Baker
  • Nov 27 Michael Baker
  • Dec 03 Mike Baker
  • Dec 04 Mike Baker
  • Dec 10 Mike Baker
  • Dec 11 Mike Baker
  • Dec 17 Mike Foreman
  • Dec 18 Brian Duffy
  • Dec 24 Bill McArthur
  • Dec 31 Bill McArthur

Astronaut Bio Cards

Get to know the inspiring space pioneers you can hear from at Space Center Houston. Click "view all" to see all the bio cards or browse the astronauts alphabetically.

Clay Anderson

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

Tony Antonelli

  • Selected as an astronaut in 2000
  • Veteran of two spaceflights
  • Logged over 24 days in space

Mike Baker

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

John-David Bartoe

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1978
  • Veteran of one spaceflight
  • Logged over 7 days in space

Ken Cameron

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

Leroy Chiao

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

Brian Duffy

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

Anna Fisher

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

Kevin Ford

  • Selected as an astronaut in 2000
  • Veteran of two spaceflights
  • Logged over 157 days in space

Mike Foreman

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

Linda Godwin

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1986
  • Veteran of four spaceflights
  • Logged over 38 days in space

Rick Hieb

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

Tom Jones

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1990
  • Veteran of four spaceflights
  • Logged over 52 days in space

Bill McArthur

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

Mark Polansky

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1996
  • Veteran of three spaceflights
  • Logged over 41 days in space

Don Thomas

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1990
  • Veteran of four spaceflights
  • Logged over 43 days in space

Rex Walheim

  • Selected as an astronaut in 1996
  • Veteran of three spaceflights
  • Logged over 36 days in space

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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