Ten Fun Facts about Astronaut Anderson

Space has been called “the final frontier” and for most of us, the top job in that frontier is that of astronaut. In A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet, retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A-Z tour explaining not only what it means to be an explorer in space but also the science (and dangers) of space flight. Topics include the history behind and ongoing mission of NASA, famous astronauts and their missions, equipment and innovations, and explanations of key terminology.

With a strong belief in perseverance and the importance of STEAM as part of every child's education, Astronaut Anderson will share his “out of this world” insights with children, parents, and educators when he visits the bookstore on May 4, encouraging each of us to follow our own path in the journey to achieve our dreams.

Some fun facts about Astronaut Anderson:

  1. First and ONLY Astronaut selected from the State of Nebraska.

  2. Applied to become an astronaut 15 times over 15 years! (Thought to be a NASA record for applications without selection!).

  3. One of his NASA Astronaut rejection letters appeared in the book “Other People’s Rejection Letters.”

  4. 2-time space flier to the International Space Station (ISS).

  5. Lived and worked on the ISS for 151 days, for a total of 167 total days in space.

  6. Speaks Russian!

  7. Sang at the wedding of New York Times Best Selling Author Nevada Barr.

  8. Former College Basketball Official.

  9. Tried out with the Houston Gamblers USFL Football Team.

  10. He has written 3 books: The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut (University of Nebraska Press, 2015); It’s a Question of Space: An Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions (UN Press, June 2018) and A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2018).