iOS app Android app

Clayton Anderson
GET UPDATES FROM Clayton Anderson
Clayton Anderson, US Astronaut Retired, was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in nearby Ashland. He currently resides near Houston, Texas with his wife Susan, his son Cole, and daughter Sutton Marie. Recently retired after a stellar 30-year career with NASA, Anderson accumulated 167 days in space while living on board the International Space Station for over 5 months in 2007 and serving as a Mission Specialist with the Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-131 crew in 2010.

A seasoned spacewalker, Anderson spent nearly 40 hours in the unforgiving vacuum of space, having helped to build the space station through the execution of 6 spacewalks. Clayton’s remarkable career has been chronicled in a documentary by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) entitled “Homemade Astronaut.” He has appeared on the History Channel with Larry the Cable Guy in “Only in America,” and the Travel Channel with Kevin Connolly in “Armed and Ready,” and Don Wildman in “Off Limits.”

His first book, "The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut," was released on June 1, 2015. Pick-up your copy today or order here:

Entries by Clayton Anderson

'Thank You NASA!'

(14) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 3:03 PM

It's a big time at NASA. Scientific probes are sailing through our solar system, gathering legions of data and amazing photographs. Rovers are crawling all over intriguing extraterrestrial bodies, boring little holes into their surfaces and gathering samples. The Hubble Space Telescope is rewriting astronomy textbooks, almost single-handedly.

Read Post

Fly Me to the Moon!

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 6:25 PM

Did you know that "Fly Me to the Moon", a popular song written in 1954 by Bart Howard, was originally titled "In Other Words"? First recorded by Kaye Ballard in 1954, most of those in my demographic more readily recognize Frank Sinatra's 1964 version, which was closely associated with the...

Read Post

The Meeting of Inner and Outer Space

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:51 AM

It's always good to "go home." I had an opportunity to do exactly that last week thanks to the gracious hospitality of Fabien Cousteau, his Mission 31 team members and some dear old friends near Key Largo, Florida.

I returned to the Aquarius underwater habitat, located about 4.5 kilometers southeast...

Read Post

What an Astronaut Learned About Courage From the Special Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:28 PM

I cried on Saturday. They were not tears due to personal tragedy. They were not tears due to sadness. They were not even tears of joy. They were tears born of courage; courage so innocently displayed that some may have missed it. Not me, I didn't miss a thing.


Read Post

ISS Calling Russia: Friend or Foe?

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:42 PM

I guess I've always been a little bit cynical -- not much, mind you, but enough to cause me to look at the current happenings between Russia and Ukraine with a slightly jaundiced eye. How might this affect our relationship in outer space? Is Russia a friend, or are they...

Read Post

Ten Tough Days for NASA

(4) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:17 PM

As we close-to-NASA folk pause to reflect on yet another anniversary of perhaps the most difficult 10-calendar-day stretch for NASA -- the Apollo 1 fire (Jan. 27, 1967), the Challenger disaster (Jan. 28, 1986), and the Columbia tragedy (Feb. 1, 2003) -- I took some time to reflect on whether...

Read Post

Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Galaxy Quest -- a wildly popular science-fiction parody made in 1999 spoofing the realm made famous by Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek TV series -- is considered a cult classic. Many fans pay homage by adorning themselves in space and/or superhero costumes at Comic-Cons throughout the United States and around the...

Read Post

Where Do We Go From Here?

(8) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 5:11 PM

I retired from NASA this past January 2013. I served 30 years with our nation's storied government agency; 15 years as a space shuttle and space station trajectory design engineer and then 15 years as a United States Astronaut. I was proud of my service, in both capacities.

When I...

Read Post