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NASA Celebrates Mars Pathfinder Landing Anniversary
2013-07-05 08:38:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Independence Day not only marks the date on which America became a free nation, but also when NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission landed safely on Mars in 1997 allowing the US to stake its first claim on another planet. Mars Pathfinder was carrying Sojourner, which was the first US Martian rover. The Soviet Union launched its Mars 3 rover in 1971, but communication was lost about 20 seconds after landing. Sojourner was the first successful...

2012-07-05 10:23:52

- 32nd Annual Independence Day Celebration Averaged 6.3 Million Viewers - ARLINGTON, Va., July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PBS announced today that A CAPITOL FOURTH dazzled audiences for a 32nd year. The star-studded celebration took the top spot of the night and averaged 6.3 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National data, 3.8 household rating). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120705/DC35721) "As the nation's birthday celebration, PBS is honored to present A CAPITOL...

2012-07-02 06:23:31

Star Spangled Celebration Live from the U.S. Capitol Celebrates America's Birthday with Performances by Phillip Phillips, Matthew Broderick, Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Josh Turner, Kool & The Gang, Kelli O'Hara, Russell Watson, Amber Riley and the National Symphony Orchestra - Plus an Inspiring Olympic Tribute to Team USA Hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno and Featuring Legendary Conductor and Composer John Williams - WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This July 4th,...

2012-06-26 06:24:03

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This Independence Day, A CAPITOL FOURTH kicks off our country's 236th birthday with new host Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS) and an all-star cast in a patriotic evening of unrivaled musical performances, topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/capitalconcerts/47463/ (Photo:...

2012-05-09 10:24:36

- Star Spangled Celebration Live from the U.S. Capitol Celebrates America's Birthday and Features an Inspiring Olympic Tribute to Team USA with Performances by Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Kool & The Gang, Kelli O'Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra - WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This July 4th, America's national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country's 236th birthday, as A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS welcomes a brand new host, Emmy Award-winning...

2011-06-28 10:40:00

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A CAPITOL FOURTH, the live PBS broadcast of America's favorite Independence Day tradition, will feature unrivaled performances from some of the country's best-known musical names topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the all-star line-up that includes: Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon...

2011-02-09 09:15:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Capital Concerts is proud to announce that veteran television writer Joan Meyerson was honored Saturday, February 5, 2011, with a Writers Guild Award for outstanding achievement in writing for television. For her work on the 2010 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, Meyerson was the recipient of the WGA Award for Outstanding Script Television Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials. She previously won this award for the 2006...

2010-06-28 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration will mark 30 spectacular years on air. The multi-award winning A CAPITOL FOURTH, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, will kick off the country's 234th birthday with a musical extravaganza like no other, topped off by the most dazzling display of fireworks anywhere in the nation! To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2010-05-13 08:00:00

Jimmy Smits Hosts All-Star Line-Up Live From the U.S. Capitol with Performances by Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Lang Lang and the National Symphony Orchestra (more talent to be announced) WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration will mark 30 spectacular years on air. The multi-award winning A CAPITOL FOURTH, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, will kick off the country's 234th birthday with a...

2009-07-03 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a special present for America's 233rd birthday, President Barack Obama will deliver a message to the nation that will air exclusively on PBS's A Capitol Fourth, America's national Independence Day celebration. Celebrating his first Independence Day as President, Obama asks all Americans to honor those who created a new form of government and to re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals for which so many have given so much. He also marks another...