Astronaut Clayton –“Astro Clay”– Anderson, Nebraska’s only Astronaut, spent 167 days in space and 38 hours and 28 minutes in executing 6 spacewalks. He applied 15 times before NASA selected him as an Astronaut in 1998, and he spent 30 years working for NASA; 15 as an engineer and then 15 as an Astronaut.

Succeeding in one of the most difficult and coveted jobs in the world through perseverance and a never-give-up mantra, Anderson employs NASA’s “Plan, Train and Fly (Execute)” philosophy to his speaking engagements and projects. Coupled with lessons learned in the areas of leadership, persistence, teamwork, and passion, he provides unique and “out of this world” insights for those seeking to achieve results through thoughtful, practical, and successful execution.

Clay’s AWARD-WINNING books, The Ordinary SpacemanTM: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut, and A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet, along with It’s a Question of Space: An Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions, Letters from Space, and his newly released children’s book So You Want To Be An Astronaut are all available through and as well as a special “Astronaut Edition” Fisher Space Pen and other Astro Clay logo merchandise.

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I am a firm believer in our nation’s education system and a HUGE advocate for educators everywhere, I trust you’ll enjoy your journey on the Starship known as Astro Clay! Buckle up…it’s one heckuva ride!

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