If you want to see NASA’s next moon launch leave Florida, you’ll have to act fast.
Ticket sales for Artemis 1 launch scheduled for August. 29 were so popular after opening on Tuesday (Aug. 2) that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website was briefly overloaded, Florida Today reported. (will open in a new tab) at the end of last week.
However, a “quick fix” to the website allowed the complex to sell out two of the three package deals within 2.5 hours of ticket sales opening, the report said.
“This is a historic mission, and when tickets became available at 11:00 a.m. Aug. 2, there were a lot of visitors to the website,” Rebecca Burgman, a spokesman for the Visitor Complex, told Florida Today. “Initially there were delays with the ticketing site, which our team was able to resolve quickly.”
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The news comes amid expectations that more than 100,000 people will arrive at Florida’s Space Coast, which includes the Kennedy Space Center and the nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force station, both an hour east of Orlando.
“Many beach hotels have already sold out for Artemis launch attempts, but there are still rooms available on the mainland,” Peter Kranis, executive director of the Florida Space Coast Tourism Authority, told Space.com last week.
“There are a variety of viewing spots to choose from and we recommend getting to your chosen spot early to find parking and keep reserve spots in mind. There will be a significant amount of traffic before and after the launch, so visitors should make sure they take pre-trip bathroom breaks, load up their car with snacks or ways to keep the kids entertained, and be patient.”
Kranis added that recent SpaceX Crew Dragon launches have attracted up to 250,000 people, but there is enough infrastructure in the region to support tourists. More than 10,000 hotel rooms and 4,500 vacation apartments are available, and additional visitors will be able to travel from nearby counties without staying overnight.
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