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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-19-2006 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tickets for the STS-121 launch will go on-sale at 9 AM EST, Monday, May 22, on this website as well as over the phone at +1 321-449-4400.

Launch ticket orders cannot be placed via email requests or by leaving a voice message. You must place your order online or by speaking to a reservation agent.

STS-121 is targeted to launch on July 1 at 3:48 p.m. EST on NASA's second Return To Flight mission to the International Space Station.

[This message has been edited by Robert Pearlman (edited May 19, 2006).]

capoetc
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posted 05-19-2006 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know how much launch tickets usually cost? I didn't see it on their web site.

Thanks!

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Rob Joyner
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posted 05-20-2006 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi John,
The adult KSCVC/AHOF admission ticket is $38. The shuttle launch viewing ticket is around $18, unless changed since STS-114.
Remember, once you board the bus that will take you to the viewing site, your ticket is spent whether the shuttle launches or not.
I would suggest buying the $50 12 Month Pass. If there is a scrub, then you'd only have to pay for the $18 viewing ticket to see the launch and not another day's admission, saving a few dollars.
Rob

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posted 05-20-2006 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Rob!

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Ben
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posted 05-20-2006 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob, when did you buy your tickets for 114, right before launch or back in 2003?

They sold them that way ($18 for the launch ticket by itself and more if you wanted the tour) initially, but when they went on sale again last Spring, they only allowed you to purchase one ticket for $50 that included the tour and launch viewing.

I would suspect they are going to be $50 a piece. The one nice thing they did was give out free tickets after the scrub instead of making everyone buy a new one as it says in the fine print.

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posted 05-20-2006 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ben,
I've bought the annual pass for years now, so I really don't know how they sold the packages or the prices. I bought my $18 STS-114 launch viewing ticket over the phone the Monday they went on sale, I'm guessing about a month before launch.
For others reading, if you don't have an annual pass, then, yes, the total price should be about $50 because you have to buy an admission ticket to enter the complex.
One thing I noticed on the ticket price site is that the max admission ticket seems to be for only one day now and not the two days as before.
Ben, I was sitting on the bus waiting to go see STS-114 launch when the scrub was announced. You're right. It was very nice of them to issue another viewing ticket free of charge for the launch the next day. To my knowledge that's the only time that's happened and don't know if they'd do it again! Hopefully we won't have to worry about that this time!
Rob

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posted 05-20-2006 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I gotcha. Then yea, having the annual is better. They don't advertise that possibility I guess, only the $50 tickets.

Good idea to tell them on the phone you want an annual plus launch viewing.

I just remember that before the disaster, they would offer a 'launch ticket only' option if you didn't feel like taking the tour. It would be nice if they offered that again.

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-22-2006 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to their website, the KSC Visitor Complex sold all its viewing tickets to the NASA Causeway less than two hours after they went on sale. Based on last year's numbers, there were 5,000 tickets available earlier this morning.

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posted 05-22-2006 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a very disappointing day Monday was. Three days ago I called the KSCVC 321-449-4400 phone number and spoke with an employee. I explained that I have an annual pass and was wanting to get just the Launch Transportation Ticket for myself and two 'LTT/Max Adm' packages for my parents.
I told the lady this sort of option wasn't on the website and she explained it would be after the tickets went on sale Monday morning.
9 AM came and I began looking for this option. Looked here and there for about a minute to no avail, so I decided to go ahead and purchase three of the full price 'LTT/Max Adm' for me and my parents.
After spending more time filling in the required order information I pressed 'Submit'. Instead of seeing a confirmation page it told me to "Try Again". I did and then found out that package was already sold out.
I then attempted to buy three of the 'Brunch with an Astronaut' packages which also includes the 'LTT' ticket I wanted. It was not listed as being sold out. When I clicked on the link it directed me to the 'Dinner' package which does not include the LTT ticket, but viewing from an area north of the Rocket Garden at KSCVC. I backspaced and saw the 'Brunch' was still not listed as sold out, so hoping for a clitch in the system, I bought the 'Dinner' packages, then backspaced back to the package options, refreshed the page and saw the 'Brunch' was still not listed as being sold out, and available.
I was already late for work so when I returned home I called the phone number again and got right through to the lady I wish I had spoken to before three days earlier. She explained that there was not an option of buying just the LTT on-line. And another thing that really floored me - She said the 'LTT/Max Adm' packages had actually sold out in only THREE minutes! I very nicely explained to her that this other lady I previously spoke with cost me and my parents, who have never seen an in-person launch from the causeway, the tickets we actually wanted. She agreed. This would have been my 9th causeway viewing, but what I really wanted was to have my parents see it lift off from the pad. Had I not wasted about a minute looking for a non-existent option, I would have been able to get the LTT tickets.
I then explained about the 'Brunch' package not being listed as sold out. More ghosts in the machine. She said the 'Brunch' package was actually sold out and I was redirected to the 'Dinner' option. I asked then why I wasn't directed to another package after the 'LTT/Max Adm' packages was sold out and why the 'Brunch' package was not listed as being sold out. She didn't have an answer.
But, she was kind enough to credit my three tickets for the 'Dinner' itself, as we don't want them. I kept the KSCVC viewing area and admission tickets for my parents, as she said they too would be sold out soon. She was kind enough to put me on a waiting list, but I don't think anything will come of it.
I've been to the center over thirty times and have met some very knowledgeable employees there. It's a shame and a great disappointment I had to previously speak with one who had no idea what she was talking about. As you can tell, I'm a bit POed at Monday's outcome and I hope you don't mind me venting a little.
That being said...
if you or anyone you know has even one LTT they want to sell, please get in contact with me.
Thanks much,
Rob

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