Sunday, November 13, 2011

Does the Space Coast Care About Curiosity?

The front page article in today's Florida Today suggests Space Coast locals may not be aware of — or care about — the November 25 Mars Science Laboratory launch to Mars.

The cover of the white, paper menu sports a space shuttle launching from a coffee cup and words that invite customers to “Get your first lift” at Steve’s Diner in Titusville.

But it’s the staff that received the latest early morning jolt when told Brevard tourism officials are hoping the planned post-Thanksgiving Day launch of NASA’s most sophisticated Mars rover to date could draw 100,000 visitors to the Space Coast.

“What launch?” asked hostess Rikki King.

“There’s a launch?” echoed waitress Melinda Schaffer. “I was going shopping that day.”

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