Iowa State alum and astronaut Clay Anderson began his journey back to Earth onboard space shuttle Discovery today. Discovery, with Anderson and six other astronauts onboard, is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday. Over the past 10 days, the Discovery and ISS crews installed a major new compartment on the ISS that will serve as the docking point for two new laboratories scheduled for delivery in the next six months and successfully repaired a solar array that had been torn. Anderson spent five months on the ISS serving as the flight engineer for Expedition 15.
To learn more about Anderson’s ISS assignment, visit the NASA International Space Station Web site, read Anderson’s in-flight journals, and view images from the ISS available on the Expedition 15 Gallery.