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Iowa State Alumnus and Astronaut Clayton Anderson Confirms Retirement

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    April 14, 2014 | 8:22 am
    AP-NE--Nebraska Astronaut Retires
    Nebraska astronaut Anderson confirms retirement
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    HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska native Clayton Anderson says plans for his future are up in the air after his retirement from NASA.

    Anderson, of Ashland, on Wednesday confirmed to the Hastings Tribune what he'd posted on his Twitter account: that he's leaving the national space agency after a 30-year career.

    The 53-year-old says he and his family will remain in Houston for now but could move back to Nebraska.

    NASA says Anderson is a veteran of two space flights and five months aboard the International Space Station.

    He was born in Omaha, graduated from a high school in Ashland and earned a bachelor's degree at Hastings College. He earned a master's in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University in 1983.

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