Countdown To Launch:
The Last Shuttle has been Launched!

The search for the last 4 space shuttle astronauts have begun. Take part in the final journey by visiting the space shuttle launch site in SL .

So What is This About?

Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 is scheduled to be the final launch of a Space Shuttle from NASA’s fleet. The actual launch is currently scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:26 a.m. EST. This event will be mirrored via a virtual launch inside Second Life at the recreated Kennedy Space Center site. This is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:26 a.m. SLT.

Avatars can now get as close as they can to the final Space Shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center without having to travel to Florida in real life. The recreation in Second Life is a celebration of this historic event. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Youth Science Center, a non-profit organization established in 1962 dedicated to improving math and science education for students grades K through 8.

Participation

Visit the space shuttle launch site in SL and buy a raffle ticket. No ticket is necessary to visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis in Second Life. It is open to the public for free. However, buying a ticket will allow participants to have a chance at a raffle for the 4 available seats at Space Shuttle Atlantis in Second Life.

Each ticket costs L$100 and must be purchased by the participating avatar. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets each avatar can purchase. Every ticket purchased is immediately listed at the "Ticket Holders" section of this website.

The names of the four astronauts for the virtual launch will be drawn live at the recreated Kennedy Space Center in Second Life on July 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. SLT.. Winning avatars will be announced to all participants via Second Life instant message and at "The Four Astronauts" section of this website.

There will also be music, performance and events scheduled for a pre-launch party an hour before the launch day and time. All participants will be sent an invitation reminder in world.

Benefits

It is a unique opportunity to be able to celebrate the historic launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis which is the ultimate last in NASA's fleet. By participating, you show your support for science, technology and space exploration. The raffle is a fund-raising effort tied to the event and all funds generated will go to the Youth Science Center.

The winning 4 avatars will be the astronauts to pilot the Space Shuttle Atlantis in SL from launch to orbit. Each one will be provided with a realistically created and custom made spacesuit to use in the event and keep afterwards. In addition, the avatar astronauts will be posted in the website for recognition from participants.

An array of virtual prizes will be awarded to the 4 winning avatars.

The winning 4 avatars will also be featured in a machinima recreating the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Fame and glory is sure to follow.

Requirements

You must have an avatar in Second Life.

The ticket holders database must have your entries recorded by the time of the drawing on July 5, 2011, 6 p.m. SLT.

Winning avatars must be present during the launch event on July 8, 2011, 8:26 a.m. SLT.

Employees, families and friends of Avatrian are disqualified from participating in the raffle.

In the event of a scrub (i.e., cancellation of the space shuttle launch by NASA), the Second Life event will also be rescheduled to the new launch date.