Got an Opinion on Citizens in Space? You Can Telephone It In

From Associated Press

Should NASA resume its program to fly ordinary citizens on the space shuttle?

Final Frontier, the Magazine of Space Exploration, wants Americans to answer that question by calling (900) 786-3663. Dialers will hear a recorded message from former moon-walking astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who will ask them to respond yes or no.

The number will be open through June 30, and Final Frontier said it will forward results to NASA; the National Space Council, headed by Vice President Dan Quayle; congressional space committees, and other space decision-makers.

Callers will be charged $1.25 for each call, and must use a touch-tone phone.

NASA’s plan to fly ordinary citizens on the space shuttle has been on indefinite hold since the explosion of Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986. The agency’s first citizen in space, schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, and six other crew members died in that accident.


At the time, NASA was close to selecting a journalist to make a space trip.