Artemis 1 Lunar Mission Launch Ticket Website Crashed: Report
If you want to see NASA’s next lunar launch leave Florida, you’re going to have to act fast.
Ticket sales for the launch of Artemis 1, which is scheduled for Aug. 29, were so popular after opening Tuesday, Aug. 2, that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website was briefly overwhelmed, Florida Today reported (opens in a new tab) late last week.
A “quick fix” at the website, however, allowed the resort to sell out two of the three packages within 2.5 hours of opening ticket sales, the report added.
“This is a historic mission, and there was heavy traffic on the website when tickets became available at 11 a.m. on August 2,” Visitor Complex spokeswoman Rebecca Burgman told Florida. Today. “There were initial delays with the ticketing site which our team was able to quickly resolve.”
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The news comes as more than 100,000 people are expected to show up on Florida’s Space Coast, which includes Kennedy Space Center and nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, both located one hour east of Orlando.
“Many beachfront hotels are already full for Artemis launch attempts, but there are still rooms available on the mainland,” Peter Cranis, executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, told Space. .com last week.
“There are plenty of viewing locations to choose from, and we recommend getting to your chosen location early to find parking and have backup locations in mind. There will be a considerable amount of pre-launch and post-launch traffic, so visitors should ensure they have taken pre-trip bathroom breaks, filled the car with snacks or means to entertain the children, and exercised patience.”
Cranis added that recent SpaceX Crew Dragon launches have attracted up to 250,000 people, but there is plenty of infrastructure in the region to support tourists. More than 10,000 hotel rooms and 4,500 vacation rentals are available, and additional visitors will be able to drive in from neighboring counties without staying overnight.