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  • Mike Christy / for the Arizona Daily Star

Retired NASA astronaut Frank Borman signs fifth-grader Derek Contreras' arm Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 in Tucson, Ariz. after speaking with stud…

  • Mike Christy / for the Arizona Daily Star

Retired NASA astronaut Frank Borman signs fifth-grader Angelita Muñoz's arm Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 in Tucson, Ariz. after speaking with stud…

  • Mike Christy / for the Arizona Daily Star

Retired NASA astronaut Frank Borman speaks with children from Mission Manor Elementary School Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz. about…

  • The Associated Press

A top priority will be advocating for mandatory background checks at gun shows.

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World View pilot's perspective, millennial Social Democrats, beer theft shooting charges.

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U.S. astronauts laugh while standing around models of the Atlas and nose capsule designed to carry them into space in San Diego, California Se…

  • Anonymous

Astronaut Thomas Stafford, left, and Donald Slayton, Director of Flight Crew Operations, puff on big cigars and applaud as the Apollo 13 made …

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  • By Dan Desrochers Arizona Daily Star

Mark and Scott Kelly are examining the effects of prolonged space travel.

  • Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Retired NASA astronaut Frank Borman signs fifth-grader Derek Contreras' arm Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 in Tucson, Ariz., after speaking with stu…

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to ride with her husband and a friend.

  • NASA TV

In this image from television on Feb. 11, 2003, international space station commander Ken Bowersox, center, hands the microphone to Russian fl…

  • CHRIS HADFIELD / NASA

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that was posted on YouTube Sunday, one day before h…

  • Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with …

  • STEVE HELBER

Four crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger walk from their quarters at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., en route to the launch pad Jan. 28, …

  • Bob Daugherty

Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, one of the keynote speakers at opening of the Democratic National Convention, responds to greetings on floor of Madis…

  • Anonymous

A smiling Neil A. Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 flight which will land him on the moon, digs into his pre-flight breakfast steak, July 16,…

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

Astronauts David Scott, left, and Neil Armstrong walk down a corridor of Tripler General Hospital in Honolulu, HI, March 18, 1966 for a night�…

  • Brian Russell

Astronaut Sally Ride says she is at Kennedy Space Center to cheer her fellow astronauts on when they launch Space Shuttle 8 early, Tuesday mor…

  • AP

U.S. astronauts laugh while standing around models of the Atlas and nose capsule designed to carry them into space in San Diego, California Se…

  • By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.