Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 Launch Viewing Options

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As of June 16th, 2011 NASA has not changed the final launch target date of July 8th, 2011. Launch viewing options have narrowed down with all of the NASA causeway tickets distributed. Island Boat Line and the Indian River Queen offer unique viewing opportunities from the Banana River on board their passenger vessels..

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NASA has announced that the final Space Shuttle launch is scheduled to be July 8th, 2011 at 11:26 a.m. This will be the last blast of Space Shuttle Atlantis. It will also be the end of the Space Shuttle program. The entire fleet will be retired following this historic launch of the Atlantis.

The launch site is Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A. The Space Shuttle Atlantis mission is to carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 launch is expected to bring record numbers of space enthusiasts to view the last blast of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Most visitors have already secured their accommodations and launch viewing opportunities.

There are a few popular locations to view a launch on Florida's Space Coast. Thousands of visitors will spend hours in traffic jams packed in buses and cars. They will unload at various locations on Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, beaches and causeways to wait for hours and sometimes days in the heat of the summer to view the final launch.

Another popular way to view the launch is by boat on an Island Boat Line tour boat or the Indian River Queen triple deck paddle wheel boat. Island Boat Line recommends flexible travel plans if you wish to purchase boarding pass tickets now since NASA may change the launch time and date at any time. Island Boat Lines also recommend anyone wishing to purchase a boarding pass visit their websites prior to calling to purchase their tickets. This will ensure that all passengers understand the policies regarding ticket sales. Call 321-454-7414 to purchase tickets.


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Penny Flaherty
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