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LAUNCH PAD: Astronaut Mentors ISU Students

Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson is the only professor in the state who has been 220 miles above the classroom that he now teaches in, and it all started with a master’s in aerospace engineering degree at Iowa State University.

Those who doubted Anderson would make it to the stars can only dream of seeing the world the way he has.

Anderson, a crew member of STS 117 in 2007 and STS 131 in 2010 has logged 167 days in space.

His 38 hours and 28 minutes worth of space walks ranks in the top 30 of all time.

“For a small town kid from Nebraska who dreamed of being an astronaut to being number 28th in history of all astronauts and cosmonauts is pretty cool,” Anderson told Channel 13 News.

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