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Old 04-20-2014, 09:26 PM   #691
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I'm from Indiana so hope there are some left if not its ok we were talking yesterday what to do on days off from Disney and didn't see you could get tickets from congress till yesterday so if it doesn't work out no big deal sure we will find something else to do.
For Indiana I emailed Todd Rokita, there is a specific link on their page to request the tickets. They grant 4 and get back to you pretty quickly.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:45 PM   #692
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Quick question - are only congressman the ones that can get this requests or should we try our senators too?

My congressman's office is not that 'quick' to respond it seems.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:56 PM   #693
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Quick question - are only congressman the ones that can get this requests or should we try our senators too?

My congressman's office is not that 'quick' to respond it seems.
AFAIK, it's your congressman. But I couldn't hurt to ask your senator.

Our experience was after I contacted our congressman's (well, congresswoman's) office, I receive an email saying "we can't get tickets for Kennedy Space Center, only the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts".

So, I told them "Yes, you can". About 3 weeks later I got another email saying "Sorry, can only get them 6 months ahead". Our trip was sooner than that, and I knew it probably wouldn't work, but had to give it a try. And our congresswoman learned something.
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:25 PM   #694
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I contacted my congresswoman today Jackie Walorski for Indiana in my area they didn't know anything about free tickets they had to do some asking around they called me back quickly and said yes they have a contact for free tickets to kennedy space center in florida and they e-mailed them my request. So see if I get them since I didn't reserve them 6 months in advance guess its worth a try.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:16 AM   #695
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I am curious if there is a lot of free tickets overall or a per state thing. Todd rokitas assistant was very helpful this year compared who I have dealt with in the past.
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I am curious if there is a lot of free tickets overall or a per state thing. Todd rokitas assistant was very helpful this year compared who I have dealt with in the past.
I believe it's X amount per congressman per day. Don't know what the actual number is.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:33 PM   #697
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anyone in TN tried this? Also, has anyone had success in dates that are less than 6 months out? Thanks!
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anyone in TN tried this? Also, has anyone had success in dates that are less than 6 months out? Thanks!
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It depends... Not sure if KSC gives out a certain number of tickets to each congressman or they simply give them out based on request. KSC only accepts requests up to 6 months in advance.

Ours just replied back that they were currently giving out tickets for August 2014 - that's 4 months out so YMMV.
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FYI - This is what I just go from the incompetent office of my congressman:

We regret to inform you that there are no complimentary tickets available in 2014 for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. In addition, OLIA will cease taking requests for complimentary tickets, effective July 1, 2014, which is when tickets for early 2015 would have become available.

So basically - they are out of December tickets even though I'm making a request a few days before the day I was planning on going but worse, no more tickets after that...
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:52 PM   #700
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KSC Complimentary Tickets

Our congressman's assistant was not aware that they could get us the tickets, but after I cut and pasted the information from this board as to how to do it, she was very receptive and got us our tickets, but it had to be 6 months in advance. In fact, my husand was sick at the time we were supposed to go, so she contacted the Space Center and got me tickets for about 3 weeks after our scheduled time. She couldn't have been nicer. Kudos to Mary from our Delaware Congressman's office !!!
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This is definitely worth asking about. We will be emailing about this for our spring trip. Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:40 PM   #702
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Statement from NASA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

All - This is the statement I received today from NASA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs:

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We regret to inform you that there are no complimentary tickets available in 2014 for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. In addition, OLIA will cease taking requests for complimentary tickets, effective July 1, 2014, which is when tickets for early 2015 would have become available.

The complimentary tickets are the same exact tickets as those that can be purchased online or in person at the KSCVC, and we encourage you to visit this website for more information: www.kennedyspacecenter.com. In addition, we encourage you to visit NASA Visitor Centers across the country. More information is available on NASA’s website at: www.nasa.gov/about/sites.


In other words, the program whereby tickets were made available to members of Congress for their constituents has been discontinued.

It's been great while it lasted, but all good things come to an end. I'm guessing its demise was a matter of budget limitations, logistical issues or simply a change in leadership - it could be they feel the program is no longer necessary or beneficial enough.

My recommendation? If you still want to contact your congresspeople, ask them to increase NASA's funding and to support the space program, even if they can't get you free tickets. That really was the point of the program, and it shouldn't take free tickets for us to recognize NASA's worth.

And the in meantime, DO visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's a fun way to spend a day, especially if you can do it the day before departing on a Disney Cruise!
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