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Astronaut on space shuttle Atlantis becomes a father

Randolph Bresnik
Mr Bresnik's wife gave birth 220 miles (354km) below on Earth

A US astronaut onboard the space shuttle Atlantis is celebrating the news of the birth of a daughter back on Earth.

Randolph Bresnik, who is on his first space flight, became a father for a second time when baby Abigail was born back home in Houston, Texas.

The event makes Bresnik the second astronaut to become a father in space - the first was Mike Fincke in 2004.

Mr Bresnik is due to return to Earth on Friday after an 11-day mission.

The 42-year-old Marine and his crewmates were awoken on Sunday by the song Butterfly Kisses, especially chosen by his wife, Rebecca.

Among the lyrics are the lines: "There's two things I know for sure, she was sent here from heaven and she's daddy's little girl."

The couple have a three-year-old son, whom they adopted from Ukraine.



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