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In what is surely a first in Super Bowl history, an ad for Inspiration4, a SpaceX supported all-civilian space mission touts a chance for viewers to join the mission. The ad shows shots of the SpaceX astronaut uniform in space to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and is directed by Bryce Dallas Howard.

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Andy Weir hit the bestseller jackpot with “The Martian”; his new novel is another interstellar adventure, with an astronaut who’s the sole survivor of a last-chance mission. Penguin Random House, May 4

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Bad weather in Florida scrubbed the anticipated launch of Space X's Falcon-9 rocket, which would have been the first time a private company launched American astronauts into space. While the weather is notoriously spotty in Florida, in this these hyper-partisan times we know it's somebody's fault. 

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Any family planning an Orlando vacation can drive east for about an hour and make Cocoa Beach into a day trip or bonus excursion. The town’s eponymous sandbox is impressively uncrowded and its waves have long made it a top destination for surfers and boogie boarders. The pier has views of the Atlantic Ocean, plus seafood, ice cream and shopping.

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While Singer Island is located in a ritzy neighborhood — just a short ride from West Palm Beach — it has beautiful, wallet-friendly places where the whole family can enjoy the sun. MacArthur Park includes a beach as well as several designated sections preserving natural wildlife and plants. Ocean Reef Park is usually uncrowded in the morning and has picnic areas and a kids’ playground. Singer Island is also a launching pad for deep sea fishing trips and snorkel tours. If you like water sports, you can rent a kayak, Jet Ski, paddleboard or even a hydroflying jetpack (it’s like having two firehoses attached your feet, but in a fun way).

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