Nebraska’s astronaut pens new book

Posted By: Jenn Hatcher

From spaceman to new author, Nebraska's own astronaut, Clayton Anderson, recently published a new book, "The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut.
"If you've ever dreamed of being an astronaut or if you've ever looked at an astronaut and wondered what life is really like for these people, this book is for you," said Anderson.
Thursday, he held his first book signing in his home state, at the student union on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Marian Price of Lincoln attended, she said, "I have met him three times and he is such a common, ordinary person, Nebraska raised and he is such a tribute to our state."
Anderson retired in 2013 after a thirty-year career with NASA and two missions to the international space station.
These days he's writing books, doing public speaking tours and teaching at Iowa State University.
Anderson said, "I'm way more busy than I ever was as an astronaut."
Even though he no longer works for NASA, Anderson says he still very interested in what's going on in space.
Like, the New Horizons mission, which recently captured and sent back up close, Pluto images.
"We're learning things about that planet that we had no idea, plus we had amazing photography," said Anderson about the Pluto pics.
Anderson’s book, which includes some of his own space photography, is available at the University Bookstore in the basement of the Union and on Amazon. (

Also, you can see Anderson on Saturday, when he'll be the Grand Marshall the annual Stir-Up parade, in his hometown of Ashland.
For other book signings check out his webpage at