Orbiting Astronaut a New Dad

Bresnik takes first spacewalk as wife delivers baby No. 2 at home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2009 9:14 AM CST
Orbiting Astronaut a New Dad
Astronaut Randolph Bresnik, who became a dad for the second time while aboard the International Space Station.   ((AP Photo/NASA))

(Newser) – Randolph Bresnik is a new dad, and almost literally over the moon—a day after taking his first spacewalk, the astronaut this morning announced the birth of his daughter, Abigail. His wife, Rebecca, gave birth to their second child back home in Houston last night at 11:04pm CST. They have a 3-year-old son, adopted from Ukraine. Bresnik said both mama and baby are doing very well.

"Very thankful for everyone there at Mission Control and everywhere else at NASA that's been so supportive and essentially so helpful the last couple days with everything that's been going on," Bresnik said. Mission Control responded with "heartfelt congratulations." (Read more Randolph Bresnik stories.)

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