Clay Anderson was born February 23,1959 in Omaha,Nebraska.His hometown was Ashland, Nebraska. Ashland is a city in Saunders county,Nebraska.
Clay graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School in 1977 then went to Hastings College, Nebraska in1981. Then received a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1983.He also joined the JSC in 1983 in mission planning and analysis division performing rendezvous and proximity operations trajectory designs.
Clayton is important ,because he was the first astronaut that was from Nebraska.
Clayton also got to go to space since he never gave up on his dream of becoming a astronaut. Did you know Clay Anderson was rejected 15 times, but on the 16th time the note said congratulations you have made it.
When Clayton got back from NASA he brought back 50 pins with two different types of flags at the bottom of them,and one with the words NASA on it. He only gave them to the people who were special to him.