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Profile: Astronaut Greg Chamitoff

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Astronaut Greg Chamitoff grew up in San Jose and went on to travel on both the Discovery and Endeavor shuttle missions, and also spent six months on the International Space Station.

He and his colleagues had plenty of work inside and outside the Space Station but they managed to squeeze in some fun, too. In this video you'll see two astronauts play ball - one of them is floating right side up while the other is upside down. Greg plays the guitar while rotating through the air and you'll see how the astronauts answer the door when the shuttle docks.

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Emma Prush Park and Farm

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Last week we spent a day on the farm and we never left San Jose. Near Story & King roads, beneath the HWY 101 and I280 interchange, lies a barnyard oasis complete with chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, goats, steers, bunnies and peacocks, where broccoli grows right out of the ground. Yes, city slickers, you too can visit this farm.

The "park and farm" was a gift to the city from Emma Prush who was born there in 1876. She grew on the dairy farm and eventually ran it. In 1962 Emma gave 87 acres to the city of San Jose, with the stipulation that it build a park, "a place of relaxation, recreation, and enjoyment for the people of the City of San Jose, and in such a manner as will, to extent that such can be reasonably done, give to said park a rural county character and atmosphere.”

Emma's gift has made it possible to experience, or relive, what life was like when this was the "Valley of Hearts Delight."

Profile: Sal Kahn

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"I did not imagine this. I did not imagine, a thing that can reach millions of students…. I imagined myself being some kind of teacher or professor. That was kind of my dream…" Sal Kahn is speaking of a dream come true. His YouTube based Kahn Academy provides education in math and science for beginners through advanced students of all ages - all free.

Kahn's mission is to provide a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. This video shows how he's taught millions of lessons and how you can be a student.

Profile: Tom Humann

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Thomas Humann is a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot. After flying some dangerous missions in the Middle East, Humann left the Marines and became the pilot for Marine One, the helicopter that flies the President of the United States. Today, Humann is among an elite group of aviators who fly for CAL FIRE, battling blazes, fighting fires and protecting life and property.

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