Anderson, who is from Ashland, admits to gazing skyward from time to time.
“I typically look at sunsets or a meteor shower or the moon or space and just go, ‘Good gosh, I sure wish I could go back there,’” Anderson tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Anderson calls space a wonderful environment and a beautiful place.
“I look at space very longingly now,” Anderson says. “I sure wish I could go back and do that again.”
Anderson spends his time now with speaking engagements and teaching part-time at Iowa State University in Ames.
He also is writing a book, tentatively entitled Taking Up Space, though Anderson readily admits his publisher isn’t keen on that title. Anderson says it will chronicle his 15 years as an astronaut, including his six space walks. He promises it won’t be technical, but written at a level average Americans can grasp.
As for NASA, Anderson says the space agency hasn’t asked him, but he would suggest the space program return to the Moon, rather than shoot for Mars. Anderson suggests NASA should learn how to live on the Moon before trying it on Mars, a much farther trip that presents the daunting challenge of gathering enough water, oxygen, and fuel to support life.
Anderson also believes commercial space travel will become a reality, some day. He acknowledges it would take a considerable investment in time and money, but could open space as a vacation destination.
Anderson says it would be an incredible opportunity for average Americans to experience the thrill of space travel that he has, something he tries not to take it for granted.
“I’m just very privileged. I’ve lived a life where I’ve had a lot of good luck and some good timing and I worked pretty hard and had some great people helping me along the way.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]