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=== DIAL-A-SHUTTLE (r) === 1-900-909-NASA $2.00 for the first minute. $0.45 for each additional minute. Dial-A-Shuttle is the only 24 hour live news service dedicated to covering shuttle missions from pre-launch through the post-flight briefing. Dial-A-Shuttle's (r) unique public service took off in the early days of the NASA shuttle program. It all started back in 1982, a year after the first shuttle mission, when NASA gave AT&T the go-ahead to transmit the actual voice circuit during civilian flights over one of their 900 phone numbers. For the first time, the general public was able to overhear the live voices of the astronaut crew for the entire duration of their mission. The response was so overwhelming that NASA turned to the National Space Society to run the service. NSS registered the trademark "Dial-A-Shuttle" in 1983 and launched it on Challenger's maiden flight STS-6. Our team was thrown straight into the deep end when things started to go wrong with that mission and Challenger's satellite payload spun out of control. They succeeded in providing a reliable on-the-spot source of news. Since then, and many missions later, Dial-A-Shuttle (r) continues its conscientious service of presenting these NASA events. What can you hear on Dial-A-Shuttle (r)? For a start, the caller to Dial-A-Shuttle can overhear astronaut communications to Mission Control, as well as all NASA press briefings and reports. The National Space Society's team of shuttle watchers are monitoring all these activities around the clock from two hours before liftoff to two hours after the shuttle has landed. Every half hour, you get a summary of the current activities. The update is followed by commentary, features, and promos on forthcoming events. DAS brings the news as soon as it happens. This service is available during non-classified missions only. It requires AT&T access to 900 numbers. If you have another carrier, you may access the AT&T line by dialing the access number provided by your carrier.

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