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Final NASA Shuttle Launch is First Live-Streaming Event in PlayStation Home + Weekly Update

GlassWalls's Avatar Posted by GlassWalls on Feb 23, 2011 // PlayStation Home Community Specialist

This Thursday, February 24th PlayStation Home and LOOT will be hosting a very special live event. Beginning at 1:50 pm Pacific Time (4:50 pm Eastern) a live stream of the final liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery will be broadcast on the new NASA TV Channel of the LOOT Sunset Yacht (formerly known as the Amaterasu), a premium personal space available from the LOOT store in the PlayStation Home Mall. Be a part of history and watch as the last Discovery launch becomes the first live-streaming event featured in PlayStation Home!

NASA TV: PlayStation Home

You’ll notice when you visit the Sunset Yacht that this mega-popular personal space has received more than just a name change and an updated program guide on the built-in TV. Beginning this Thursday, February 24th, the Sunset Yacht will live up to its new name by offering owners the ability to set the time of the day while cruising the high seas—a first for PlayStation Home!

Sunset Yacht: PlayStation Home

Digital Leisure is bringing even more fun Space Ace items come this Thursday, February 24th – including male and female clothing items and furniture that will delight all fans of this classic game.

Home: Space Ace Kim

Home: Space AceHome: Space Ace Borf

The PlayStation Home Mall receives an update this week with new furniture, clothing, and active items – including new several animated pieces of jewelry, and gold, platinum and crystal furniture items.

Tank Rental: Sodium One: PlayStation Home

Starting this Thursday, you will be able to purchase one, two, and seven-day rental passes to play all 50 levels of the hit SodiumOne Salt Shooter Game. If you have not taken the chance to test your skills, here is the perfect opportunity.

To celebrate this new way to play, Lockwood Publishing will be doubling the amount of Gold, Silver and Silicon available in game for all valid rental ticket and Sodium Pilot Outfit holders for the next seven days! More resources mean even more Sodium Credits to use at the VICKIE shop.

Home Community Theater: LittleBigPodcast, Urgent Fury, HomeCast Rewind

The Home Community Theater is being updated this Thursday with the first full episode of the exclusive LittleBigPodcast series. In episode 1, hosts Austin and Daniel interview John Beech from Media Molecule (the amazing LBP2 level designer) as well as the mysterious “Laptop Guy.” See you there!

Just a reminder that many of the Home Community Volunteer veterans are still offering tours of the Mansion’s Second Floor with Game Room personal space. If you have not checked it out yet, feel free to send one of them a PM and check it out! For more information, check the first post in this thread in the official PlayStation Home Community forums: http://community.us.playstation.com/thread/3407972

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+ gman_harmon on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm said:

Will the STS-133 launch also be available in the Hollywood Hills personal space, or is it Sunset Yacht/Amaterasu-exclusive?

Related: any word on updates for the Hollywood Hills personal space media center?

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:52 pm said:

    The Hollywood Hills House will not have the same functionality in time for tomorrow’s live streaming event. Though I have no concrete information to share, LOOT is very aware of the community’s interest, so the screens may very well have the same technology in the future.


+ babytwon on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:38 pm said:

Glass does home have game launching for killzone 3. And are the clothed for killzone still in mall.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:59 pm said:

    Whether KZ3 has been made a supported Home game launching title is a good question for the KZ3 development team. As for the purchasable Killzone item in the Home Mall, it should continue to be available. If you haven’t earned your entire ISA outfit from the Helghast invasion in Central Plaza, get it quickly before we have a cease fire!


+ babytwon on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:38 pm said:



+ KwietStorm on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:39 pm said:

That’s crazy


+ niner4life9 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm said:

I see that they only reply to the positive threads. Again why is this not shown in my Hollywood Hills house that I PAID for?

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm said:

    You’re just too quick for me. See my reply to your previous comment and #1.


+ LUGIEZ on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:48 pm said:

Nice, this is a cool live stream to see! can’t wait until tomorrow in Home, i’ll be at my sunset yacht for sure!


+ iTofuMan on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:48 pm said:

wait im confused. is this “Sunset Yacht” a new Personal Space we need to buy, or an update for people who have Amaterasu yacht. i have that Yacht and if this is just an update i would love this place even more. i love to have a night-time effect while at my personal space.

If its a new place ill consider getting it. i really dont like having more than 1 main personal space (i already have the Amaterasu yacht and Japanese apartment and i rarely use my J.apartment anymore)

Either way thats pretty cool to have that on a personal space! keep up the good work!

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:04 pm said:

    As stated, the Sunset Yacht is a renaming of and an update to the Amaterasu Yacht. If you already own it, then you are set for tomorrow’s event.


+ Haskell420 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:50 pm said:


I wanna make sure I get this.

I bought the Yacht when it came out, and since that time, I added various furniture items as I designed it. Now you said that the Yacht is getting updated.

After I download the update, when I arrive on my Yacht, will everything I did still be there?

Or will it all be lost and have to redo everything all over again??

Or will the update have no effect on what I did prior??

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm said:

    Everyone who has previously decorated their Amaterasu Yacht should not have to redecorate the newly renamed Sunset Yacht when Home comes back online tomorrow.

    That said, if you’re particularly fond of how you decorated your personal spaces, it never hurts to back up the Home-specific Save files every now and then.


+ BaronBrain on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:51 pm said:


Several people have already asked this question, yet it’s been ignored thus far:

Will this Final LIVE Shuttle Launch be available to view in my “Hollywood Hills House (with Home Theater)” personal space… and if not, then please explain why?

“Invite friends into your home theater for a social viewing experience with videos,
trailers and exclusive content…”

It was my understanding that the programming feeds for the Hollywood Hills House and Yacht were identical, and we WERE promised to have exclusive content. So what gives…?

I’d very much appreciate an answer & explanation; it’s a fair assumption that many other Home users (besides those of us who’ve already written in) would like an answer & resolution as well.

Many thanks in advance…

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

    I have answered in previous comments (#1 and #15)—you guys keep me on my toes!

    That said, we have never stated that the LOOT spaces would be updated with the same functionality at the same time—I believe that to be an assumption, though I can see it as a reasonably fair one. However, I suspect that LOOT will be continuing to update more than just the Sunset Yacht going forward. They listen to the Home community and strive to serve it well.


+ Talyis on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:54 pm said:

This sucks! Worst timing ever, I’m having surgery at the exact same time.


+ mcbuttz78 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm said:

im very dissapointed in in this . how come the la pool mansion space cannto lie stream this event. Im not for every space just becuase it has better stuff. but i know the La space has a tv and mini episodes function, why leave it out like that..

Also us male user could use some new clothing. I have not seen anything new shoes or clothing or anything alot of costumes.That is ok. But Its really getting out of hand and it really becoming a fast turn off. I understand your tring to push as many events and spaceout as you can, but dont leave us naked in the process. Ty4 all u do..

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm said:

    Each developer’s content is different—LOOT is focusing on offering video content as a priority, which is quite an awesome one.

    As for clothing items, Lockwood is introducing a new brand line called Figment. It includes rather dashing items for both men and women. Be sure to check it out tomorrow!

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

    Update: The Figment line has been delayed. However, there are several other cool clothing items coming out tomorrow for both men and women.


+ Blkant on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:56 pm said:

It is so sad that they are grounding the shuttles… I remember growing up and getting so excited waiting for the boom as it re-entered our atmosphere, and just driving out to the beach when the shuttle launched to see it act almost like a mini-sun…

I am really glad you guys are putting this on home, but nothing beats the real thing, and nothing, will be bringing it back after it is grounded :( A real piece of history is leaving us…


+ icydogs on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:03 pm said:

Do you know how much longer the Battle of the Central Plaza will rage?


+ Shortnsassy37 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

hey GW, nice update this week. I was wondering when the new expansion to the mansion comes out, the gameroom/bedroom/office? thanks!


+ niner4life9 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

How does the HHH offer quality value? All it has is the same trailers and Three Stooges videos over and over. No value in that.


+ GRIM__REAFER on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

Work on streaming E3 live.


+ niner4life9 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:14 pm said:

Conrad_Max: I am sorry but the Hollywood Hills house MAY get content in the future excuse does not work for me. The people that run Home should have made sure it has it NOW. Not maybe but definitely.


+ Dafreakzo on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:58 pm said:

I am feeling very let down with my purchase of the Home Mansion. The one small TV only has the PS Blog feed..in comparison to these great new tv features for the yacht..the Mansion is a pretty large let down. Please let’s get some more interactivity with the TV in the Mansion as well as the refrigerator that.. doesn’t…open….*sighs*

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:31 pm said:

    The Mansion’s video screens will be updated as well. The PS Blog team regularly makes phenomenal videos which will continue to be a part of what is updated in the TV screens.


+ The_Leducs on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:59 pm said:

Wow, very inovative guys…..Keep up the good work!


+ polo155 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm said:

Is this the same french yacht that i already own, just being renamed? if so this just makes my favorate space even better because i watch alot of the shows in there now like SGNL and the other tech shows…. i so hope its the same yacht.. then im a Shuttle fanatic and i will greatly miss my shuttle program, they going back to “conventional” rockets.

(The name of our Four (4) Reuseable Ships were Discovery..Atlantis…Columbia and Challenger, Sadly only 2 remain and hopefully we can get one here in NYC in our Sea and Air Museum) I will be watching this for sure.

Now we just need Quriocity to streem into Home.. i’m like if we can stream MOVIES/Videos music is light-work! heheh so can wait…

I remember when Home had only like a 1 screen theater,2 pair of paints and like 3 shirts and the Avatars sat down when we bowled in closed beta, look at Home today!!


+ jqtaxpayer on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

I used to live about an hour from Cape Canaveral and could see the shuttles tear across the sky from my backyard. Good times. The shuttle program didn’t exactly accomplish what it set out to, though, so NASA’s better off going in another direction… and hopefully they’ll be able to hold on to the funding to do so.

Note that this isn’t the last space shuttle launch, it’s the last mission of the Discovery shuttle — the Endeavor still has one flight left, and if everything goes to hell, the Atlantis is on deck as the rescue shuttle.

This particular launch will see the the first “dexterous humanoid robot” in space, Robonaut 2, who will perform tasks around the space station that are too dangerous and/or boring for the human crew. Here’s to hoping things don’t go all Blade Runner up there.

Anyway, are we going to have to pay a premium to watch this? Because I could always catch it on NASA’s website (nasa.gov) for free, or on the news for that matter.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:33 pm said:

    If you own the yacht already, then you’re good to go and may invite many of your friends over to share in the experience. If not, just hit up a friend to invite you over to theirs!


+ Ziggy3069 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:17 pm said:

Great update this week! I am looking forward to watching this first time live event. Is there any word on the application process for the next wave of HCV’s? I submitted my application and am very interested in helping the community more as a guide.


+ Nathan320 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:11 pm said:

very cool. may want to begin the stream a little sooner, by the time it buffers you’ll probably miss it.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:16 pm said:

    As with any live event, grabbing a seat early is always wise.


+ XMbeaner on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:11 pm said:

Home just gets better and better. I better be able to buy a space shuttle soon and walk around like I’m blasting off.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:22 pm said:

    As you probably already know, you can already float in space in the Nebulon space. A space shuttle is not a bad idea though…


+ cortesc130 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:12 pm said:

When will we get a update on new features like these ?

voice messaging
Chatroom (with mics)
ability to change our PSN ID without losing anything

SONY can make alot with these features and it can also make PSN a better network.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

    These are larger PSN questions that are not directly related to Home. That said, in Home, you can use mic chat in a variety of ways to connect with your friends or your clan, use a Clubhouse to gather a couple dozen of your buddies in to chat and hang out (with full open mic use), etc.


+ Nathan320 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:18 pm said:

just saying, starting the stream 27 seconds before liftoff is cutting it close


+ rbanke on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:19 pm said:

Awesome, but i’ll just watch it from my front porch ;)

here’s what I see when it goes up:


+ Hooligantuan on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:21 pm said:

Uhhhh do I need to buy the Loot space or is this going to be in the theatre?

Because if I gotta buy a space to see it on the PS3, LOL@U, I’ll watch it on TV.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:32 pm said:

    You don’t have to purchase it, you just have to join a friend who may already own the Sunset Yacht. Only the host has to have purchased it to share this live social event in space history.


+ DCS-Tekken on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:21 pm said:

OK so since the Yacht is being changed? I have a question? If we haven’t unlocked the seagulls yet? After it changes tomarrow will we still be able to unlock the seagulls after tomarrow?

Or is that feature being removed as well?



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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:53 pm said:

    I believe the seagull unlock should remain, so the live event tomorrow makes for a perfect time to round up enough friends to earn your additional wildlife!


+ DCS-Tekken on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm said:

The Hollywood Hills Apt has the Screen as Well? Is that updated as well like the Yachts. Or just the yachts screens?




+ djspinal on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm said:

YaY!!!!!!!!!! Wat shall I do while watching a shuttle blast off from my truly epic yacht online…hmmmm Perhaps Ill jolt myself over and over in the electric tube in solidarity of appreciating SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:34 pm said:

    Science *is* pretty rad.


+ Skater_Ricky on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm said:

Sweet glade my new personal space is getting a upgrade and live stream video of the last discover space shuttle :-)

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:37 pm said:

    I think everyone will enjoy the updates to this personal space. The daytime choice is phenomenal, not to mention the groundbreaking video options.


+ DCS-Tekken on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm said:

if this is Discovery’s last launch? How about a minture model of it for our Home Apartments as a Keep Sake!




+ J_ICE- on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm said:

wheres my slap happy gloves?


+ DCS-Tekken on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:26 pm said:

any word on item’s being fixed yet?

It seems like it’s been a year already. LOL! I know it was only last year but that was a long long time ago.



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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm said:

    As always, when we learn anything or have updated news to share, you will find it in the Home Support part of the forums.


+ Hooligantuan on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:27 pm said:


Licensing is probably why. Nevermind there’s no time to do it before the event at this point, and there’s little point to do it after the event’s time.


+ niner4life9 on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:27 pm said:

So I guess the Hollywood Hills house was a grab our money and run thing. I bought it the first day because of the TV and Theater but for some reason you guys act like it doesn’t even exist. Way to treat your customers poorly. If anything is streamed in one personal space then it should be streamed in all personal spaces with TVs. I will never buy the yacht now. I will just watch it on FREE TV.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm said:

    All updates to content made by external parties is up to them. That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Hollywood Hills House might get a refresh in the future. As it is, the HHH offers quite a lot of value, regardless that the Sunset Yacht got an update first.


+ icydogs on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

It would be really really cool if the Hollywood Hills Apartment would be updated with the Loot EOD and new content.


+ Skater_Ricky on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:31 pm said:

I like a miniature discover space shuttle also for my personal space :)


+ icydogs on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:35 pm said:

Will the Hollywood Hills video content ever be updated? Can you replace the content on one (or both)TV with the Loot EOD content?


+ erickafollie on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:35 pm said:

Hello Glasswalls im Loving the new Update,im soo glad Loot decided to add more content to the yatch tv, now i can sit around with my friends and watch actual tv shows and not just Trailers.Is there a way the Playstation Move costume can make a come back to the store. I love the fact that we are gonna be able to change the time of the day, i have 40 something persoanl spaces and most of them are in Day time , so this is a good improve, Thank you .

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm said:

    LOOT keeps updating and adding video selection for their TV screens. I am quite sure it will continue to satisfy.

    As for the Move outfit coming back, there is nothing to announce. I always recommend snagging cool stuff when it is available since some of it is a limited time offering.


+ Conrad_Max on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:11 pm said:

1) Read above: GlassWalls indicated that the Hollywood Hills may get the samething at some point in the future.

2) The PlayStation Blog broadcasts allow people who do not have access to the Blog to view current and upcoming PlayStation software and hardware. That’s a good thing for those folks who aren’t as fortunate as we are.

3) As I’ve always said, Home will continue to improve as individual Developers work to out-do each other. Thank you for the heads up, GlassWalls.


+ JakeRuiner on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm said:

Charles Trippy from CTFxC is going to be there! But watching it in PS HOME is cool too.


+ MANCH3ST3R_0 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:26 pm said:

Hello Locust_Star or Glasswalls, I was wondering could you please tell us all weather North America Home will get the Figment Range from Lockwood. Thanks :D

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm said:

    The Figment line has been delayed. Check next week’s blog post for further information.


+ Haskell420 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm said:

BUT, I also know for a fact you, in the future, Sony’s gonna add so much stuff to these spaces that your going to charge more, and make them true MUST HAVES.

And that will lead you to some how making them or others a big priority, where we will NEED to have such n such Space because, you found away to really intergrate certain personal space’s with actual video game content intertwined, without having a relation to HOME, except that it’s placed in HOME.


+ artform-fazeone on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:33 pm said:

The Discovery space shuttle is a epic science event… Seeing this happen in Home, “Live”.. Well.. I’m in tears.. To the NASA & Home team… a 11 out of 10… No.. wait.. a 12 out of 10… THE FAZEONES LOUNGE… ps: NASA good luck with the launch!!!


+ quasar338 on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:33 pm said:

Woot,Woot.. Hot update to the new and improved renamed Amaterasu to the sunset yacht. And as for the streaming event omg. I cnt wait, and whats funny I was planning on getting the yacht on Friday.Ha,Ha 1 big insentive to egt now. Thanks Walls for Leting us know and buddy you have a great day,ok.


+ Keyeszx on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:35 pm said:

When will central plaza be updated or changed back to beta style, the urban city with huge skyscrapers? That was the cool CP and I really liked it. This one is really bad and it’s so boring and feels really static. Home could be so much more but it feels like you guys just set it up and left everything to it’s own accord. Unlike the other regions which have been getting great updates. Japan has their Game Cafe in the CP and changed it, during the change had construction actually happening, into a music cafe that was like a dance club. EU gets a whole brand new central plaza with a new mall like area, kind of resembles what my mall added, where you walk around outside with stores all around as if in a plaza not a huge mall building. It’s really stuffy in the mall and it would be nice to have some change, we stole the Theatre straight from EU and it doesn’t fit well with how it looks on the outside.

I would be ok with this if it all fit in together but the things look unnatural and I wouldn’t believe most of these were connected. We need some core space updates, US is the only place that doesn’t really get them. The Killzone change was nice if it wasn’t our normal cp.

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:18 pm said:

    As you are aware, each region of Home is controlled separately. In our case, we have been the lucky/unlucky target of an all-out Helghast invasion that has engaged you all in a way that has never been done before. As for the preference of one “normal” version of Central Plaza to another, it’s all subjective. We never stop working behind the scenes on bigger and better evolutions to our spaces and games (the obvious visual or interactive content that our community notices) to the greater stuff underneath the polygons that you probably do not (but is just as important). My point is to be patient and you will continue to be surprised, and hopefully amazed. The constant of Home is that it is constantly changing.

    Evolution, thy name be “Home.”


+ Huuuze on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

The title of this post is misleading — it’s not the final space shuttle launch. That event occurs in June. Will you also cover that one?

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    + GlassWalls on February 23rd, 2011 at 3:18 pm said:

    You are right—nice catch. The launch that will be live streamed is the final launch of the Discovery shuttle, not NASA’s final shuttle. As for future coverage, we will have to see what surprises LOOT may bring us.


+ Patchex on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

Um first Thanks Loot for the Link… I do try to read all these and they come in my email yet there is so much reading I read so much and I loose game time… As it is I think I read more then I get to spend on my Ps3 let alone gaming… any way I am wondering why the Name of the Boat is being changed? Is it because you now offer more then just the Sun in the Space? Also with this update are we going to loose the Star Map? Can we choose not to have the space updated? I didn’t solve the puzzle yet… Was the Date this month and meant to be the Shuttle Launch? I will most likely be watching it by myself and recording… although if it means I have to loose the Stars on the Floor projection I would rather not have the update. Yet Its been made quite clear to me that I really don’t have much choice in anything in HOME… Do we have to pay for the Shuttle Stream? And if Huuuze is Right why would you guys say its the last launch, why would it say so? I am soooo Confused… like most times.

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