Nebraska astronaut Clayton Anderson returns to Morrill Hall Aug. 17

Released on 08/09/2010, at 12:50 PM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, south of 14th and Vine Streets [map]

Lincoln, Neb., August 9th, 2010 —

The University of Nebraska State Museum will host an appearance by NASA astronaut and Nebraska native Clayton Anderson 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

Extended museum hours on Aug. 17 will be 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking will be free in front of Morrill Hall.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Anderson will give a presentation featuring images from his flights aboard the space shuttle, including the April 5-20 STS-131 mission on Space Shuttle Discovery to resupply the International Space Station. During this mission, Anderson conducted three spacewalks.

Anderson's presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. After that, visitors will have the opportunity for photographs and autograph signings with Nebraska's first astronaut until 8 p.m. This will be Anderson's third appearance at Morrill Hall since he became an astronaut.

The museum's Mueller Planetarium will present the fulldome show "Dawn of the Space Age" at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the museum's front desk on that day.

Anderson's official NASA biography can be found here. His official NASA photo can be found here.

The University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall [map] is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone the museum at (402) 472-3779, visit its website,, or Mueller Planetarium's website,, or contact Jack Dunn, planetarium coordinator, at (402) 472-2641 or by e-mail.

WRITER: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum, (402) 472-3779

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