Sunday, January 3, 2010

Get your tickets, shuttle flights ending in 2010.

2010 brings on a new year, but also brings the end of our Space Shuttle program.  The future is just a big question mark after that.  Just one more year to see a shuttle launch before they are grounded forever.  I've seen one launch in person, and it's amazing.  The amount of power in front of you is freaking terrifying, but you can't look away. Fantastic stuff! Just thought I would post some information that I just read on site about buying tickets for the causeway for shuttle launch viewing.  (Thanks to Robert Perlman for posting this).

Due to the expected retirement of the space shuttle in 2010, an increased interest in space shuttle launches has created a higher demand for NASA Causeway tickets. These tickets are limited in quantity. The following changes have been made to the ticketing system in order to handle an increasing volume of interest around this particular ticket:
  1. A new virtual waiting room will open at 8:45 a.m. ET - guests can enter any time between 8:45 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. ET. The time of entry into the waiting room does not give any priority to NASA Causeway tickets.
  2. Launch ticket sales will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET - guests will be randomly selected to proceed to the ticket selection page. Entry into the waiting room does not guarantee you NASA Causeway tickets.
  3. A Captcha verification will be used to reduce the impact of automated systems.
Tickets, a vehicle placard and a launch information sheet will be shipped via Fed Ex. Print-at-home tickets are not currently available. Your shipping address must match the billing address on your credit card statement. We cannot ship to a P.O. Box.
Seems like a good idea to me.  This would reduce the stress level down when trying to buy a ticket, at least a little bit.  Just sit there and hope you get picked to get in line, rather than that frantic clicking like the end of a hot Ebay auction for the unbent Wookie action figure!
I am determined to be present for at least one more launch, so get in line behind me.

UPDATE:  Tickets are on sale tomorrow am at 9am (EST).  

1 comment:

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