A 1981 graduate of Hastings College, Clayton Anderson is the first NASA astronaut from Nebraska. Mr. Anderson earned his bachelor of arts degree in physics, cum laude, and was selected for the Bronco Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior. A native of Ashland, Neb., Mr. Anderson continued his education at Iowa State University completing a master of science degree in aerospace engineering. He joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1983 and embarked on a five-month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station in June 2007. He participated in another mission beginning in February 2010.
Mr. Anderson was elected to the Hastings College Board of Trustees in 2009.