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Astronaut & SaMo High Grad Becomes New Dad... In Space!

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Randy Bresnik blasted off into space on Atlantis just last Monday, but this weekend his life changed in a whole new way. Back in Houston, Bresnik's wife Rebecca gave birth to a baby girl, Abigail Mae, "just hours after the astronaut's first-ever spacewalk," reports KTLA.

Bresnik's bio includes some remarkable achievements with NASA, but also reveals his SoCal roots: "The 42-year-old mission specialist and U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel" happens to be "a 1985 graduate of Santa Monica High School." While the Bresniks call Texas home, "Bresnik's father, also known as Randy Bresnik, still resides in Santa Monica." He's not, however, the first man to become a dad back on earth while exploring space. That distinction belongs to Mike Fincke, who's "daughter was born in June 2004 while he was on the International Space Station," says NASA.