The only Nebraskan to reach orbit is now on his second spaceflight.
Florida had an early sunrise this morning as the shuttle Discovery was launched from Kennedy Space Center in a spectacular pre-dawn lift-off.
Astronaut Clayton Anderson is part of the seven-member crew, which is on a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Discovery should reach the station on Wednesday, where Anderson is scheduled to make three space walks.
He’s no stranger to the station as he spent five months living aboard the orbiting outpost in 2007. The 51-year-old Anderson is an Ashland native.