To celebrate its 100th manned space flight, NASA astronauts will rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir in a mission scheduled to lift off today at 3 p.m. The flight of Atlantis will last ten days, landing at Kennedy Space Center on July 9.
Through a partnership between America Online and the National Space Society, AOL subscribers will be able to log into the National Space Society Forum, where they can access a dedicated Shuttle Information Center and view the mission logbook, exchange email with the astronauts, and learn about the experiments they'll be conducting. The National Space Society is a volunteer organization with 25,000 members dedicated to creating a space-faring civilization.
For those with unlimited resources, the NSS is also sponsoring a 900-number link to the shuttle. Callers will be able to listen in on the astronauts and cosmonauts as they dock Atlantis to the Mir for the first time. Calls will cost 99 cents a minute.