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‘Lunch With an Astronaut’ at Space Center Houston Gives Visitors a First-Hand Opportunity at a Next-Level Experience

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For many a space fan, astronauts are extremely captivating. With only a select few making it through NASA’s program, becoming a bonafide space traveler, their abilities in science, physical fitness, and aviation sets them apart from the crowd. Their explorations become heralded on TV and in movies, online, in classrooms, and in books. But at the end of the day, an astronaut really is just like the rest of us, and many are more than happy to share their stories with those that are interested – which is exactly why Space Center Houston offers that possibility through its weekly “Lunch With an Astronaut” program.

Lunch With an Astronaut at Space Center Houston Gives Visitors a First-Hand Opportunity at a Next-Level Experience

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Launching the program in 2011 to rave reviews and great success, Space Center Houston’s “Lunch With an Astronaut” has proved to be a popular draw. A visit to their website will quickly provide you with a current listing of those that are lined up to speak at a session, including retired astronauts such as Leroy Chiao, who took part in four missions to space between 1994 and 2005, and Brian Duffy, who participated in four such missions between 1992 and 2000, both of whom give visitors an up-close-and-personal experience, which is what fans have been wanting.

Lunch With an Astronaut at Space Center Houston Gives Visitors a First-Hand Opportunity at a Next-Level Experience

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Over the course of a lunch session, an astronaut will give everyone a brief overview of their experiences in training and, of course, in space, and then make their rounds from table to table, spending time with visitors and answering individual questions. They sign a bio card, and take pictures with people – it’s a real life opportunity to meet and talk to many a visitors’ hero that they wouldn’t otherwise get. In addition to the Friday lunches, Space Center Houston also offers “Meet an Astronaut Friday” featuring presentations by astronauts on Fridays at the center theater at 11 a.m. and 1:20 pm. Lunch tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, however, reservations can also be made in advance. The lunch, together with the opportunity to hear the Friday presentations really take meeting an astronaut to a whole other level!

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