Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Celebrates Skylab 40th Anniversary Reunion with Special Astronaut Encounter

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience a special Astronaut Encounter event at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27 in celebration of the Skylab 40thAnniversary Reunion. The event is included in regular Visitor Complex admission.

 Veteran NASA astronaut Fred Gregory will moderate a discussion with 10 astronauts from the Skylab team. Skylab was the first and only American space station in orbit around Earth from 1973 to 1974.

Astronaut Encounter. Photo credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

 Astronauts participating in the reunion discussion include:

         Karol “Bo” Bobko, Vance Brand, Jerry Carr,  Bob Crippen,  Owen Garriott, Ed Gibson, Jack Lousma, Bill Pogue,  William Thornton and Paul Weitz.

 Skylab launched aboard the last of the Apollo-era Saturn V rockets on May 14, 1973.  Skylab’s mission studied the sun and Earth, the effects of zero gravity on the human body for long-duration space flights and additional scientific experiments. 

 Seating is limited for this event and guests interested in attending should check in at the Astronaut Encounter Theater. For more information or to buy tickets, call 866.737.5235.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Angry Birds Space Encounter, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit