=== DIAL-A-SHUTTLE (r) ===
$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
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.