NASA flight engineer Clayton Anderson, who earned a masters degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983, is giving his former school favorable visibility during his four-month stay aboard the International Space Station. During a meeting in Houston last year, Iowa State president Gregory Geoffroy presented Anderson, 48, with a university pennant, hat and shirt to take on the mission. The pennant can be viewed on NASA TV while Anderson goes about his work.
Anderson, who grew up in Nebraska and is a 1981 graduate of Hastings College, hasn't forgotten about his ties to the Cornhusker State. He hopes to attend a Nebraska game this fall after he returns in October and has high hopes for the team entering the season. "I hope it'll be 7- or 8-and-0 and headed to a championship." he said.