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Robert Pearlman

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From Clay Anderson on Twitter:
Calling all Tweeps. Guess you know now that I have decided to retire after 30 years with NASA. It's been an awesome ride!

Ask you continue to follow and be part of my next adventure; whatever it turns out to be. Will be speaking and finishing my book! Stay tuned...and thanks!

Realized today after 30 years; 15 as an astronaut, 15 as an engineer. Symmetry is kind of cool! Last day is January 31, 2013.

Robert Pearlman

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NASA release
NASA Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson Leaves Agency

NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson has retired from the space agency. Anderson flew in space twice, first in 2007 as a flight engineer for Expeditions 15 and 16 aboard the International Space Station, and finally as a mission specialist on STS-131 in 2010.

Anderson began his 30-year NASA career in 1983 as an engineer in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division at Johnson Space Center. He was selected as an astronaut in 1998. He trained as a backup crew member for Expeditions 12, 13 and 14. He most recently served in management and as space station Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM). Anderson conducted six spacewalks and has more than 167 days of spaceflight experience.

"Clay will certainly be missed in the Astronaut Office, especially for his technical expertise. His combination of shuttle, station long duration, and spacewalk experience was extremely valuable to us," said Bob Behnken, chief of the Astronaut Office. "We wish him continued success in future endeavors, and know he will continue to captivate whenever and wherever he shares his spaceflight experiences."

Anderson holds a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in physics from Hastings College.

Robert Pearlman

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Iowa State University release
Astronaut Clayton Anderson joins Iowa State engineering faculty

Clayton Anderson, an Iowa State University graduate and former NASA astronaut, will join the university as a distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering.

Anderson, a native of Nebraska, received his master's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983. He joined NASA's Johnson Space Center that same year, working in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division, Mission Operations Directorate, and managing the center's emergency operations center before being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1998.

"It's not every day that we get an opportunity to hire an 'astronaut in residence,'" noted Iowa State University President Steven Leath. "I am thrilled our students will learn from Clayton's knowledge and experiences as they foster their own dreams for careers in science and even space travel."

A veteran of two space flights, Anderson has logged 167 days in space, and more than 38 hours of Extravehicular Activity (spacewalks) at the International Space Station.

On his first trip in 2007, Anderson launched with the crew of STS-117 and spent five months aboard the ISS, performing three spacewalks and using the station's robotic arm to position equipment for a new docking port.

Anderson's second mission to the International Space Station (STS-131) in April 2010 was a resupply mission that dropped off 27,000 pounds of supplies and equipment. During the trip he performed three additional spacewalks, spending 20 hours outside the station.

"I am honored and excited that Iowa State University would consider me worthy of the position of Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Aerospace Engineering," said Anderson. "I look forward to doing whatever I can to help the students and faculty of the engineering college, and the entire university, move into the future!"

In his new position, Anderson will work with freshmen aerospace engineering students, engaging them in hands-on problem solving, and helping design cutting-edge research projects for the aerospace department's students and faculty.

"Iowa State's students and faculty will benefit from this appointment in many ways," said Rich Wlezien, chair of the university's Department of Aerospace Engineering. "In addition to his career as an astronaut, Clayton also has experience in all aspects of human space flight that will be highly relevant to our students as the era of commercial space access emerges."

Anderson will begin his service at Iowa State in October.

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Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum release
Retired NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson to Serve as President and CEO of Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

Native of Ashland, Nebraska, to Return Home after Career in Space

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum welcomes Clayton "Astro Clay" Anderson, Nebraska's only NASA astronaut, as its president and chief executive officer. Anderson started his new position at the beginning of May.

"The stars have aligned to have Nebraska's first — and currently only — astronaut lead the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. Clay's unique professional experiences align perfectly with the mission of the Museum," said Gary Gates, Chair of the Museum's Board of Directors. "One of the exhibits at the Museum is a celebration of Clay's space exploration. We are very excited to have Clay's visionary skillset at the helm of the organization."

Anderson succeeds Jeffrey Cannon, who led the Museum since 2018. Cannon stepped down due to health reasons. Cannon's tenure at the Museum includes advancing the Museum's education efforts and the successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Succeeding in one of the most difficult and coveted jobs in the world, Anderson's tenure at NASA spanned three decades. As an astronaut, he was a part of four space missions enabling him to spend 167 days in space, executing six spacewalks. Anderson retired from NASA in 2013. Anderson is a Professor of Practice at Iowa State University teaching intro to Aerospace Engineering for first-year students, including topics of the Space Environment, the History and Future of Space, Spacecraft Environmental Control Systems, Ethics, and Teamwork. He is also the author of five books, three written for children about space.

"The opportunity to come back home to Ashland, Nebraska, to lead the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is the culmination of a career dedicated to space exploration and education," Anderson said. "As we head toward the Museum's 25th anniversary in 2023, I look forward to collaborating with communities throughout the region to tell the powerful story of Nebraska and America's role in military command and its relationship with our nation's aerospace exploration."

Anderson graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Hastings College and received a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University. Throughout his career, he has earned numerous honors and awards including the Ak-Sar-Ben Court of Honor (2011); NASA Spaceflight Medal (2008, 2011); NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2008, 2011); and Outstanding Alumnus at Iowa State University (2008) and Hastings College (2008) among other recognitions.

The Museum has exciting summer programs for students, families, flight enthusiasts, historians, and others. Helicopter Day is May 21, 2022, and visitors will see helicopters arrive, land, and the opportunity to visit with the pilots to learn more about the amazing machines. Registration is still open for a variety of Summer Camps, and programming includes aerospace, drones, gaming, weird science, robotics and more. Explore the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum's webpage to learn more.

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum mission is to preserve the history of Strategic Air Command, the Cold War and aerospace artifacts and to inspire learning through imaginative, innovative, and inspirational programs and exhibits. The Museum is located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80 and hosts guests from across Nebraska, the country, and the world.

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