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Spacerelic
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posted 01-23-2003 09:37 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello,

I'm trying to make plans to take the family to a Shuttle launch. Should I purchase the "Launch & Admission Ticket Package"? I really don't care to have the admission tickets as we've been to the Cape several times. We just want the very best viewing of a launch. What are my other options? Is there any way to get to the VIP viewing section without purchasing this package?

Thanks!

Ricky

BMckay
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posted 01-23-2003 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw STS 109 launch from the saturn 5 area and it was great. Buy the ticket so that you can get on the park. Just be prepared to wait in line.

spaceuk
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posted 01-23-2003 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think one of the best viewpoints is space Park at Titusville.

Its free,good view across Indian River and spectacular if its a clear night launch.
There's usually several local ex-NASA contractors on hand with shortwave radios and even TV relaying the NASA comemntaries and a jolly good show is had by all :-))

Your kids - should they get bored (!!) - have a wide area in which to play failry safe. There's toilets nearby at park entrance - a big plus point.And you could take your own food,drink etc.


Ben
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posted 01-23-2003 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is worth it to purchase the ticket. It takes you to the NASA causeway, which is 6 miles from pad A, 7 from B. Titusville/Space View Park is 11 miles a way. They are both nice views, across water to the launch pad.

Many have found my launch guide helpful, you might want to read it. It is "How to see a launch" at the right:
http://www.geocities.com/ovcolumbia/totaleclipse.html

The next launch, the visitors center is back to $15, so I think it is certainly worth it to get five miles closer!

Unless you know of a way to get a VIP pass, you cannot purchase tickets to see it there.

If you have more questions, just ask.

[This message has been edited by Ben (edited January 23, 2003).]

Ben
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posted 01-23-2003 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way, if you purchase the launch ticket, do it ONLINe at www.ksctickets.com

You can buy the launch ticket alone for 15$, as opposed to the 40$ package. If you call them on the phone to order, they will tell you that if you want the ticket alone you can't order on the phone, only online.

tegwilym
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posted 01-23-2003 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:

Unless you know of a way to get a VIP pass, you cannot purchase tickets to see it there.

B]


So, how do you keep getting into the VIP area to take your cool photos?

Tom

Ben
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posted 01-23-2003 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not yet seen a launch at the vip site. Saw all three launches from the press site; with my school newspaper.

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