From his days growing up in Nebraska and his family life to his time on the International Space Station, Clay proves that life is what you make of it. Author Bio Clayton C.
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He currently lives in Houston with his wife and two children. Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and the best-selling author of the Anna Pigeon series. Praise "Anderson provides a focused picture of how a fiercely dedicated individual became a spaceman. It is an uncompromisingly honest rendering of a challenging and fulfilling life by someone with a singular dream and the moxie to pursue it to success.
The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut by Clayton C. Anderson
Table of Contents Foreword by Nevada Barr. Awards Nebraska Book Award. Go, Flight! Rick Houston and Milt Heflin. Undesirable Practices Jessica Cammaert. As a college basketball referee, he argued, he had to make quick decisions and stick by them under a lot of pressure from people adversely affected by his rulings.
The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut
On his final, successful interview he pointed out that he was from Nebraska, and NASA had never had an astronaut from that state. He joined the Astronaut Class of In the next section, the focus is on the astronaut candidate training process.
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Before he made his first spaceflight in , Anderson was tapped to be a family escort for the ill-fated crew of Columbia, with a painfully intimate part in the events of the terrible day in when that ship came apart during reentry over Texas. Managing his own grief at the loss of his friends while doing his best to support their wives and children was tough duty.
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Helping his own young children deal with their fears when he made his own flight was tough duty, too. Another emotional struggle occurred aboard ISS, when he found out that his mother had cancer and might die in the months before he came back to Earth.
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We get a chapter devoted to the design of mission patches, and a chapter devoted to the operation of the ISS toilet. But while all the elements are there, they suffer greatly from not being arranged chronologically.
Events from before his first launch are described after his return, and bits and pieces of his stay aboard ISS are presented with no discernable pattern. It is, however, a solid member of the class, which is what he always aspired to be in his personal and professional life. It helps NSS and does not cost you a cent!
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