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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-12-2012 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Welcomes Space Shuttle Atlantis

You're invited to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime Atlantis — Celebrate the Journey event, Friday, November 2, as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex welcomes space shuttle Atlantis home. Atlantis is making its 10-mile rolling journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the Visitor Complex atop the Orbiter Transportation System (OTS). The move will conclude at the new $100-million permanent home under construction for the orbiter. Its new home is set to open next summer.

Highlight of this day-long event includes a three-hour stop at Exploration Park where guests have the opportunity for 360-degree photographs with Atlantis. Additional activities include a NASA celebration ceremony, interactive exhibits promoting the history and future of spaceflight, and displays of spaceflight hardware from past, current and future programs. Exhibitors scheduled to attend include NASA, The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace.

Atlantis — Celebrate the Journey Ticket Opportunity Process: This event requires a special ticket purchase and is considered a blackout day for annual passholders. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) via a link placed on the website. Tickets remain on sale while supplies last. Guests who plan to attend the event need to purchase tickets through the ticket opportunity process. Tickets cannot be purchased by phone.

Atlantis — Celebrate the Journey Ticket Packages

  • Atlantis Adventure Package
    Includes Admission, KSC Up-Close: Launch Pad Tour and Exploration Park Event Ticket (including transportation)
    Price: $115 plus tax per adult guest

  • Explorer Package
    Admission and Exploration Park Event Ticket (including transportation)
    Price: $90 plus tax per adult guest

  • Lift-off Package
    Admission and KSC Up-Close: Launch Pad Tour
    Price: $75 plus tax per adult guest

  • Rollover Package
    Admission only
    Price: $50 plus tax per adult guest
For details, see the Purchase Process and Event Schedule.
Editor's note: For discussion of the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit and its July 2013 opening, see here. For discussion of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show, which coincides with Atlantis' delivery to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, see here.

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Atlantis — Celebrate the Journey Ticket Opportunity Process

Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey requires a special ticket purchase and is considered a blackout day for annual passholders. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).

Links will be placed on KennedySpaceCenter.com on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. to take you to the ticket opportunity webpage.

Due to the high level of interest in tickets, some visitors may experience a virtual waiting room prior to entering the ticket order page. All requests for tickets cannot be served simultaneously. The virtual waiting room will randomly allow access to the ticket order page. Entry into the ticket store does not guarantee that a particular Atlantis viewing package will still be available.

There is a limit of six (6) total tickets per transaction.

Please note: All tickets will be shipped to the billing address where your credit card statement is received. Tickets will be shipped the week of October 12.

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-18-2012 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting, in the first 5 minutes I had to wait. After that evey time I logged in (three times in the last 10 minutes) it took me right to the ticket sales, sales must not be as brisk as was thought.

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posted 09-18-2012 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Adventure packages are all gone already, I'd say brisk enough, nothing like launch tickets of course.

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posted 09-18-2012 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
sales must not be as brisk as was thought.
Geez, I feel as though I just got mugged.

Just been through the booking process. Get ready to sprint through the ordering as each page is time limited to 90s, 3min, and 4min max before time-out.

Ticket shipping is via FedEx and will cost $15 (US) and $35 (International - Ouch!).

If you're coming from outside the US and just want to attend the KSC Visitor Complex $50 and ASF Autograph Show $15 on Friday 02 Nov, with parking $10 and international shipping $35, the basic day entry will cost you $113.90 inc tax. Ouch

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posted 09-18-2012 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cycleroadie:
The Adventure packages are all gone already, I'd say brisk enough, nothing like launch tickets of course.
End of the day and apart from the Adventure package, they still show availability. They sure made it sound like they would sell out like launch tickets, looks not to be the case right now. With there being 7 weeks before the event they will most likely sell out in the end.

Robert Pearlman
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Journey with Atlantis: Public invited to last space shuttle delivery

A month from today, NASA will make its final delivery of a space shuttle to become a museum display, and the public is invited to celebrate the journey.

On Nov. 2, space shuttle Atlantis will be transported from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. to the nearby visitor center. The 10 mile (16 kilometer) road trip will take about 11 hours, including a three hour stop to give the public a chance to walk around the spacecraft.

Unofficial map showing the expected route space shuttle Atlantis will travel on Nov. 2 from the Vehicle Assembly Building (right) to the visitor complex.

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posted 10-08-2012 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guests at Atlantis - Celebrate the Journey will receive a limited edition commemorative coin as well as the opportunity to meet a panel of astronauts for autographs.

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posted 10-09-2012 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just an FYI, my parking placard and tickets arrived via FedEx last Saturday.

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How shuttle Atlantis will roll (and rise) into NASA display

The last of NASA's space shuttles to move into a museum will roll over to its Florida retirement home in one week's time.

Next Friday (Nov. 2), space shuttle Atlantis will leave the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where it launched to space 33 times, to land at the KSC Visitor Complex located just down the road. It won't be the longest trip the shuttle has made, or even the most memorable, but as the last trip of its kind, it will be making history.

"It's only a priceless artifact driving 9.8 miles and weighing about 154,000 pounds," Tim Macy, the director of project development and construction for Delaware North Parks & Resorts, which operates the visitor complex for NASA, said on Thursday (Oct. 25). "We've been planning for this a long, long time."

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Space shuttle Atlantis leaves on last move for museum display

Space shuttle Atlantis has left the building — NASA's voluminous Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — for the final time.

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Space shuttle Atlantis, NASA's last orbiter, completes journey to museum

NASA's space shuttle Atlantis has again reached its "final stop," and this time, it's for good.

On Friday (Nov 2.), the space agency's last shuttle to fly in space became the last to be delivered to a museum as Atlantis arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to begin its new life as a dramatically-displayed centerpiece of a $100 million exhibit scheduled to open in July 2013.

For more photographs, see the gallery: Space shuttle Atlantis' final move to NASA visitor complex

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posted 11-04-2012 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which 30 astronauts were present? Heard the 135 crew, Bobko and Eileen Collins were there.

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The 30 astronaut precession were the attendees at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show as well as Charles Bolden and Robert Cabana.

Also present at various times throughout the day were Garrett Reisman, Rick Searfoss, Jim Voss, the STS-135 crew and Bo Bobko.

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Garrett Reisman could not make the event. My friends and I were looking forward to meeting him and were told that he wasn't able to attend the event.

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posted 11-10-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Time lapse of Atlantis' delivery...

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