Hotels and restaurants along Florida's Space Coast are hoping for record business this week as crowds arrive to watch space shuttle Endeavour's final launch.
Most hotels are already sold out in advance of Friday's scheduled launch, which is the next-to-last for the program.
President Barack Obama and his family will be in attendance. The mission is also attracting attention because its commander is Mark Kelly, whose wife is Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords is recuperating from a serious head wound suffered in a January assassination attempt, but arrived at Cape Canaveral on
Wednesday and is expected to watch the launch from a private
Some officials are expecting 500,000 people or more to attend.