Tonight at 4:50 p.m. EST Space Shuttle Discovery will launch into space. This is the first time you’ll be able to participate in a sort of social launch using your PS3.
The launch will go social in PlayStation Home. Users will be able to chat via Bluetooth headsets with others watching the launch, all from inside the PlayStation Home. On a yacht. That costs $5. That’s a small price to pay for this cool bit of sharing of a historic moment, though. And NASA is also sharing other launches and goodies, so you’ll get your money’s worth.
“We’re excited about this new way for people to experience the exhilaration of human spaceflight as part of a larger community,” said David Weaver, NASA associate administrator for the Office of Communications. “In addition to the other two shuttle launches planned for April and June, NASA looks forward to sharing more of our endeavors with PlayStation users.”
If you really hate Home you can watch the shuttle launch free on the web.