Profile: Clayton Anderson

NASA Astronaut

In 2007, Anderson spent a 5-month tour of duty working aboard the International Space Staton. He launched to the space station on June 8, 2007, aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis with the crew of STS-117. During his 152-day tour of duty aboard the station, Anderson performed three spacewalks, totaling 18 hours, 01 minute. Anderson returned home aboard Space Shuttle Discovery as a member of the STS-120 crew, landing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on November 7, 2007.
STS-131 on Space Shuttle Discovery (April 5 to April 20, 2010) executed a resupply mission to the International Space Station, launching at night from KSC. On arrival at the space station, Discovery's crew dropped off more than 27,000 pounds of hardware, supplies and equipment. Anderson performed three EVAs during this mission and logged 20 hours and 17 minutes of extravehicular activity. On the return journey, the Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), Leonardo, inside Discovery's payload bay was packed with more than 6,000 pounds of hardware, science results and trash. The STS-131 mission was accomplished in 15 days, 02 hours, 47 minutes and 10 seconds and traveled 6,232,235 statute miles in more than 238 orbits.

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