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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-13-2013 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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NASA visitor centers launch new passport for space tourists

Earth-bound space tourists hitting the road this summer to tour NASA's historic launch pads and mission controls, as well as see the retired space shuttles on display now have their own passport.

The "Passport to Explore Space" is now being offered by the official visitor centers for NASA's nationwide facilities and the museums that display the space agency's former orbiter fleet. Guests to the 14 locations in nine states can get the passports stamped with commemorative markers representing each of the centers, earning them offers and discounts in the process.

"Get ready to explore and experience NASA's universe of diverse visitor centers and the museums which house America's four space shuttles!" promotes VisitNASA.com, the website for the "Passport to Explore Space" program and NASA's tourist attractions. "Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations."

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-20-2014 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FINALLY got mine, after signing up and forgetting to bring the confirmation email with me to Udvar-Hazy and Intrepid earlier this year. I tried getting one at the Intrepid earlier, but they will not give one out without the email.

If you go to Intrepid — there's some confusion as to what they are and where they're available. The answer, as of this past weekend, is that they're at the box office (e.g., where you buy admission tickets) and so is the stamp.

There are 14 numbered spaces, two unnumbered for 16 total. However, like a real passport they place the stamp at a random spot - in my case No. 3 — although I did receive a nice, clear ink impression.

Any discounts, if they exist, are not publicized. So look at this like a fun thing, like getting stamps at the EPCOT pavilions.

Anybody else who has one of these, please post where to get stamped. Prior to this weekend, they had me going from the info desk to back where the space exhibits are displayed on Intrepid to ask someone. The logical assumption would be the box office, but like the National Park Stamps, one never knows.

Next stops: Kennedy Space Center and the Udvar-Hazy. Got to figure in a trip to Goddard, Wallops and the Virginia Air & Space Center somehow....

bwhite1976
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posted 07-29-2014 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At Udvar-Hazy you need to go to the information desk on the right as you enter through the main doors.

Be patient. Maybe awareness of these passports has changed since I visited last year, but they looked at me like I had lobsters coming out of my ears when I showed them the email confirmation and the passports. After asking most of the staff at the desk, they called someone and a manager-type person arrived and knew what I was talking about and stamped the books. Everyone was very nice, they just didn't know about this program.

I like your Epcot analogy. It is very similar.

p51
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posted 07-29-2014 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be at Kennedy Space Center in October, any chance I'll get that email in time if I signed up yesterday?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-29-2014 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The e-mail is intended to be immediately sent after registering. The NASA Visitor Center staff are investigating the issue.

thump
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posted 07-30-2014 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just signed up, and the email reply that I received said: "If you subscribed to the NASA Passport to Explorer Space, please allow for 24 hours for email confirmation and redemption information". We'll see how long, and if, I do receive the confirmation.

thump
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posted 08-04-2014 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my confirmation email Thursday evening, so a little over 24 hours after I signed up.

p51
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posted 08-04-2014 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally got my email.

It says you can forward it to someone else, I thought that was odd.

The only thing that rubs me the wrong way was in the past few years I've been to most of these centers and it might be several years (if ever) before I get back to many of them. I wish they'd had this thing about 5 years ago!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-05-2014 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is indeed working (again), after I sent a request for my wife through another e-mail addy. Got the confirmation email in 24 hours.

p51
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posted 10-16-2014 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Getting mine from KSC was very easy. Just go to the info desk at the entrance.

I got mine stamped at Huntsville a few days later, they knew exactly what it was, at the desk you pay for admission.

Better still, I bumped into Hoot Gibson at Huntsville, and I had him sign my passport, right next to the most recent stamp. Score!

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