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Astronaut Program


The Astronaut Program is an annual partnership event of Public Partnership and Outreach with Texas A&M LAUNCH, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), and the Wreyford Family Foundation Each fall, the ASF sponsors a former astronaut as a guest lecturer and presenter of ASF scholarships to Texas A&M seniors. The program  is free of charge and open to the campus community and the general public.  Precollege school groups are especially encouraged to attend in the program’s efforts to emphasize pursuit of academic studies and future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Upcoming Program

Details for the 2020 Astronaut Program will be released in the spring. Please check back later for more information. 

General information about the program or scheduling a school group to attend may be directed to Peggy Samson, peggys[at] or (979) 845-6366.

Past Programs

2019: Community Day
The 2019 Astronaut Program was part of Community Day of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) XXXIII Planetary Congress and was held in the Ford Hall of Champions at Kyle Field on October 16th. Visiting Astronauts in attendance were: Anna Fisher, Ed Lu, Pamela Melroy, Rusty Schweickart, and Yury Usachov. They also presented ASF scholarships to Texas A&M seniors Camella Carlson (Biomedical Engineering) and Oscar Gonzalez (Chemistry).
2018:  Charlie Duke
2017:  Fred Gregory
2016:  Fred Haise
2015:  Charlie Duke
2014:   Ed Parazynski
2013:  Bob Cabana
2012:  Jim Lovell