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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-11-2011 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Clayton Anderson (STS-117, ISS-15/16, STS-131) says in an interview with the Des Moines Register that he is working on a book:
Anderson is writing a book he can't publish under government rules until he leaves NASA. Working title: "Just Taking Up Space."

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JournalStar.com confirmed the title of Anderson's autobiography:
... he plans to continue writing his book, "Just Taking Up Space." Anderson described it as the story of his life as an astronaut.

No doubt there will be a chapter on the proudest moment in his career: when he finally reached orbit as the first Nebraska astronaut.

Anderson also will talk about one of his deepest regrets. His late mother, Alice, watched him fly into space but not his father, John "Jack" Anderson, who died of a stroke in 1984, at age 53.

"He was watching from a different grandstand," Anderson said.

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posted 01-27-2013 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The title is typical Clay in his self-deprecating sense of humor.

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Some detail from the AinsworthNews website:
Clayton retired this past January and his second hurdle to conquer is that of the publishing world. He's written a book aptly titled Taking up Space, in honor of his dad's admonishment to not just take up space. While there is an offer to print this book, negotiations are still underway. And there is an "exciting" chapter in his book that answers the intimate question of how do astronauts go to the bathroom called The Void of Outer Space.

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posted 02-28-2014 03:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update: There is a publishing date. From Anderson's website:
Great news! The manuscript for my upcoming "memoir;" Takin' Up Space!, is now with the University of Nebraska Press. They hope to publish the book around December of 2014! I am very excited how things are progressing… we just sent off the pictures that will be included within the book. I still feel like a novice, but I am learning about this business all the time and my excitement is growing as it continues to move toward completion. My dear friend Nevada Barr (NY Times Best Selling Mystery writer, and author of the Anna Pigeon series) just signed off to do the forward for my book. How awesome is that?! As I related to my followers before, the book will tell my story, from the time of my application, through training and spaceflight, ending with my retirement. I hope you will be as excited as I am!

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Kudos to the UNP who are rapidly becoming the leaders in space history books.

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posted 02-28-2014 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The folks at Springer-Praxis will appreciate!

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I can confirm that Clay Anderson's book is indeed being published by UNP, but not as part of the Outward Odyssey series. It will instead be a stand-alone publication. As the only Nebraska-born NASA astronaut it's a great thrill to have him as part of UNP's ongoing interest in publishing books on space exploration.

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Clay Anderson's book has a new title and a release date:
It's time! The University of Nebraska Press has given me an official publication date of June 1, 2015 for my first book: "The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut!" I am one excited author-to-be! Stay tuned for more details. Cover art will be due out soon.

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The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut
by Clayton C. Anderson
What's it like to travel at more than 850 MPH, riding in a supersonic T-38 twin turbojet engine airplane? What happens when the space station toilet breaks? How do astronauts "take out the trash" on a spacewalk, tightly encapsulated in a space suit with just a few layers of fabric and Kevlar between them and the unforgiving vacuum of outer space?

The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of U.S. astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than forty hours of space walks.

Having applied to NASA fifteen times over fifteen years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance.

From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles — family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice — Anderson shares the full range of his experiences. With a mix of levity and gravitas, Anderson gives an authentic view of the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the tragedies of life as a NASA astronaut.

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posted 11-08-2014 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I asked on Twitter about book tour stops in NY, NJ or Philadelphia, Anderson Tweeted back:
NYC Book Expo May 30, 31. Spread the word baby! Hoping to get some interviews, @ABC

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