Nebraska's very own astronaut, Clay Anderson, was surprised to learn that he is scheduled to go on another space flight in March of 2010. Since he spent five months aboard the International Space Station last year, he figured that he would not be scheduled for another flight for quite awhile. In fact, when he was recently summoned to the Johnson Space Center, he thought he had done something wrong.
Anderson was Nebraska's first astronaut launched into space and he spent most of the five months aboard the International Space Station. His next mission will only last 12 days. He will dock at the space station and will do at least three space walks. With his children getting older, Anderson is happy about a shorter flight.
School children followed his space journey last year and the district where he attended school will again plan educational activities that will coincide with his trip. Anderson is a role model for students as he reminds them that they can achieve any dream. After all, he was rejected by NASA 15 times before he was accepted in the program.
Troy Trumm, Trumm Team - Omaha, NE