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Book donated to Wauneta Public Library encourages readers to reach for their dreams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 29 January 2016 16:04

Sheri Hink-Wagner, left, presented Wauneta Public Library Director Ruth Hohl with a copy of “The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut.” The book  chronicles the life of Nebraska native Clayton Anderson from his beginnings in small-town Nebraska to achieving his dreams of becoming an astronaut. (Johnson Publications Photo)


By Pat Holder

The Wauneta Breeze

Great achievements are often the result of inspiration from others. Nebraska astronaut Clayton C. Anderson’s story in book form, “The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut,” serves as inspiration for anyone who reads it.

As of January 25, visitors to the Wauneta Public Library have the opportunity to check out Anderson’s book, donated by the Wauneta Breeze.

Now retired, Anderson chronicled his experiences in his book, including his overcoming adversities to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. He tells how he dreamed about becoming an astronaut and didn’t let it stop him when he was turned down repeatedly, 15 times over a 15-year span, before he was finally accepted.

His accomplishments include 157 days at the International Space Station in 2007, another 15 days there in 2010 and 6 space walks during his career that spanned 30 years. He overcame the hardships of being separated from family and of working in a stressful, dangerous job to achieve his dream.

Anderson relates his experiences with a  balance of humor and seriousness in a unique and authentic point of view.  He credits his hometown and family, including extended family, for his success, and always remembers his small-town Nebraska roots.