NASA Space Shuttle Retires But the PCH Prize Patrol Is Here to Stay

Unlike NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle the PCH Prize Patrol isn’t slowing down one bit!

In recent news, it was announced that NASA’s Space Shuttle – Discovery, was set to be retired after its final return from orbit. In the total, the 27 year old space shuttle logged over 150 million miles and 39 total missions. All those years of shuttling extremely valuable payloads to and from the last great frontier have finally come to an end for not only the Discovery but the Endeavour and Atlantis space shuttles.

Instead of storing away the shuttles in a hangar somewhere, NASA has agreed to give the shuttles to the most fitting museum for the small price of $0. However, that $0 only gives the museums the right to own the shuttle; it unfortunately does not include the $28.8 million preparation and delivery fee. That large price tag hasn’t stopped a total of 21 institutions from submitting proposals to display the shuttle in their museums. Luckily, NASA is also requiring that the winning museum make an educational exhibit out of the shuttle where the public can see the shuttle and learn more about its fascinating history.

This historic moment got me thinking about another shuttle of sorts that’s been around for almost as long – the famous PCH Prize Patrol. Only a few years younger than the Discovery Space Shuttle, the PCH Prize Patrol has logged hundreds of thousands of miles delivering highly valuable payloads all across the United States. Fortunately there are no signs of them retiring anytime soon – in fact, the PCH Prize Patrol was out last week to deliver a $1 Million Sweepstakes Prize to Karen Anderson of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

To make sure the PCH Prize Patrol keeps delivering prizes, it’s important that you all continue to enter the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. All it takes to enter is a quick trip to PCH.com!


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gailblock said...

I watch it land on tv it was sweet to see it happen. I like to see the prize patrol land here with a check or a car that would be great

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Richard Par said...

Great entry! As a huge space aficionado, I like the analogy between the space shuttle and the Prize Patrol van. I saw Discovery when I went to Kennedy Space Center a few years ago, and even spotted it in the sky when it launched a few weeks after my trip… Hopefully one day I’ll get to see the Prize Patrol in person too. :)

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Lauralee Hensley said...

I just don’t think our country should have given up the NASA space program, at least the Star Wars component yet. You never know when we may need to step up our ability to divert incoming missles from foreign countries, or try to blast a meterorite of size away from us. I think they could have just sized it down, made fewer training preparedness type of launches unless truly needed for our safety.
I do realize it will help with budget deficits and that satellites can now be put in orbit with private companies.
Yet somehow I don’t think private companies will be taking on for free the task of national security and such.
I’m glad PCH is here to stay though. I’m glad the prize patrol’s tail feathers aren’t being clipped and they can still travel around bringing amazing surprise smiles to the winners.

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Vickie Plasterer said...

So the Discovery has been sent to it’s Final Frontier, or at least there are 21 Museums vieing for that position anyway.

I was in the fourth grade where the entire class watched, with amazement and in total silence, the Walk on the Moon. I will never forget that day. Even our school cafeteria got into the excitement of the day and served us Moon Pies for dessert.

I am waiting for the NEXT BIG DISCOVERY to be made by the PCH PRIZE PATROL this coming MARCH 17th, St Patty’s Day; when the Prize Patrol once again heads to a territory unknown by we, the PCH entrants. It is another exciting time in the history of one man’s (or families) fantasy of having won $10,000 that day.

I hope it is me and my family, but only time will tell !

Have a safe Trip Prize Patrol as you explore; then deliver another man’s treasure.

Vickie P
Markle, IN

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Maureen Sousa said...

As usual Vickie,
GREAT writing!!!!

I also nominate you as the PCH Shop & Win customer ambassador!!!

You do such GREAT write ups for all that is there!!! I just wish I could afford to buy things right now… but it IS NOT in the equation right now..

Wishing All GREAT LUCK on St. Paddy’s Day but still hope it is ME!!!

Maureen

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Deborah Holland said...

I’ve always been a big fan of space travel. I’d love to see the NASA space shuttle exhibit. Great story and great comments from all our blog readers! Thanks!
Deborah @ PCH

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Vickie Plasterer said...

THANKS MAUREEN, you are too kind (and I like this about you).

SHOPandWIN is a relatively new project for PCH, and because I have made some very good and reasonably priced purchases there, I want to see them succeed !!!
I am very pleased with the amount of time it takes to get an order delivered (only three total days from order date to delivery) and this done for FREE usually, as long as my order is $50.

One thing that may make an item more affordable for you Maureen is to pick a couple of hours out of your day and just BROWSE SHOPandWIN (DAY or in the middle of the night if you prefer), you will have opportunites to win the much coveted SHOPandWIN E-Gift Certificates. Don’t spend them all at once, if you do not want to. Save them up to get that really nice gift for yourself that YOU just MUST HAVE, Like that Tanzanite Necklace and earrings sets you told me you like). Let me give you an example please. I have also told about the BEAUTIFUL CHROME DIOPSIDE Cross that I purchased. The purchase price was $59.99 . By the time I applying all of my E-Gift Certificates (which I won over a period of ONE week) I ended up paying $9.48 for this beautiful, precious gemstone piece. Did you know that CHROME DIOPSIDE and TANZANITE are now in the PRECIOUS GEMSTONE category and are no longer semi-precious stones? It is because their mining quantities are running out and places to mine for them have NOT been located other than where they are mined in limited quantity right now? Another Stone I watch SHOPAndWIN for is called the CORE-DE-ROSA MORGANITE which is mined in Madagascar. It is a beautiful Rose to light pink color. SO feminine and beautiful. I was able to find just such a stone at a jewelry collectors show and I had it placed in a 18K gold ring that I already owned,;which had an opal surrounded by red rubies. The Opal broke so when I saw that beautful Precious 2.25carat Gem stone avaiable for only $99. I bought it and had it placed in this ring surrounded by Red Rubbies. It now appraises for 4 Times the value that I bought the Opal ring for originally.

One thing I hope customers keep in mind in the price of GOLD today. $1400 a troy ounce is what gold is going for, so when you see these $49, $59, $69, $79 dollar pieces of jewelry featured at SHOPandWIN that are plated with 14k or 19K gold, it is such a BARGAIN and you will NOT find bargains like this anywhere else. If you see a gemstone in a piece that you don’t really care for, but you love the genstone, BUY it anyway and have it set into a ring, necklace or earrings you may already own (like I did). For example, the Chrome DIOPSIDE and Sterling Silver cross is beautiful, but I do prefer gold. I am going to buy another Chrome Diopside Cross and have the stones put into a gold and diamond braclet that I already own. There are so many things you can do with jewelry that I don’t think many people consider .

Maureen please just browse, browse and browse some more at SHOPandWIN. You get 25 chances per day to win an hourly prize and there is even a BIG PRIZE shown everyday that someone wins as well. such as $500., $600, $1000, $500 AM EX Gift Card to buy an IPAD or IPHONE or I something or other plus manu other FAB prizes.

Anyway, thank you again for the compliments and HAPPY BROWSING

Vickie P
Markle,IN

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