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Celebrity Birthdays for August 5 – Neil Armstrong, Loni Anderson and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Neil Armstrong
Age: 82
Occupation: Astronaut
Known For: Being the first man to walk on the moon, uttering the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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High Park Fire Seen From Space Station (NASA/Getty)
High Park Fire Seen From Space Station (NASA/Getty)
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Space Station Crew Snaps Photos of Western Wildfires

Have you seen how big the western wildfires look from space?

NASA recently released photos of some of the fires burning in the western United States and they really put into perspective just how large some of them are.

The wetter weather this last

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Russian Spacecraft Lands in Kazakhstan 2011 (Bill Ingalss/NASA Getty)
Russian Spacecraft Lands in Kazakhstan 2011 (Bill Ingalss/NASA Getty)
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Russian Capsule Brings Three Crew Members Back to Earth

A Russian space capsule carrying a three-man multinational crew landed safely Sunday, July 1, on the southern steppes of Kazakhstan ending their 191-day mission to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule performed a perfect upright textbook landing and Russian space officials quickly surrounded the space craft and erected ladders to begin pulling the crew members out.

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Last Transit Of Venus Across The Sun Seen From Southern California
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The Summer Solstice Is Here – Summer Officially Begins!

The Summer Solstice is here, what are your plans to celebrate?  This is the longest day of sunlight all year! 

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Space Shuttle Enterprise Completes Journey to New York Museum [VIDEO]

Space Shuttle Enterprise Arrives at Intrepid Museum (YouTube)

The Enterprise has gone where no space shuttle has gone before, it landed this week on an aircraft carrier in New York.

The original orbiter is now on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum floating aboard the retir

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Venus Passes in Front of Sun (Ian Waldie/Getty)
Venus Passes in Front of Sun (Ian Waldie/Getty)
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Venus Transit Viewing Available at Local Venues

Have you ever watched Venus pass in front of the sun?

The Venus transit occurs this afternoon and several venues in the area are having viewing parties.

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 rocket (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 rocket (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific Ocean

Do you remember the Apollo missions?

Walter Cronkite hosting the coverage on CBS TV, they'd spot the orange and white parachutes carrying the space capsule floating to a spashdown in the ocean and they would hoist the ship on to the awaiting ship.

Reminiscant of those Apollo missions, the history-making gumdrop-shaped SpaceX Dragon capsule left the International Space Station and returned to Earth floating under three orange and white parachutes to a splash down in the Pacific Ocean at 9:42 MDT this morning, May 31.

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SpaceX Rocket Carrying Dragon Capsule On Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Rocket Carrying Dragon Capsule On Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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Dragon Capsule Makes History Docking With Space Station

History was made above us in space early this morning, May 25.

The first non-governmental space vehicle, the SpaceX Dragon capsule, completed berthing with the International Space Station just after 10 a.m. (MDT).

Dragon's hatch is scheduled to be opened early Saturday morning, May 26. The station's six astronauts will unload about 1,000 pounds of cargo, including food, clothes, batteries and a laptop, plus 15 student-designed experiments.

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International Space Station 2011 (NASA/Getty)
International Space Station 2011 (NASA/Getty)
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Look Up In The Sky, It’s The International Space Station!

Have you ever watched the International Space Station pass by in the night sky?

It is the largest man-made object in orbit and can be seen from Earth as it travels at an altitude of about 240 miles.

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Roberto Gonzalez, Getty Images)
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10 Inevitable Downsides to Commercial Space Travel

After years of dreaming, waiting, hoping and praying, commercial space travel is finally starting to become a reality — just when you thought an airline couldn’t put more of a distance between you and your luggage.

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Category: Fun, News, Space
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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SpaceX Tries Historic Launch Again Early Tuesday

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

That's what Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will do early Tuesday morning, try again to launch their Falcon 9 space capsule to the International Space Station.
Being KING FM's Special Space Correspondant, I was watching NASA TV early Saturday morning, May 19, when the launch was aborted due to a faulty check valve.
Liftoff for the second launch attempt is set for 1:44 MDT on Tuesday morning, May 22. If successful, this would be the first time a private company has been used to deliver supplies to the space station.

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Sunday’s Solar Eclipse – Video From Japan [VIDEO]

I don't know if you are one of those people who enjoys all the marvels of the space and sky above us...But I am!  So yesterday at about 6:30pm I start getting anxious knowing that the solar eclipse is about to begin!

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