Saturday is a very special “Night at the Museum” event at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Ashland featuring Nebraska’s own astronaut Clayton Anderson. . Marketing Director Deb Hermann they have a new item that will be unveiled that night.
After a yearlong fundraising effort the museum has acquired the SOKL spacesuit worn by Anderson on his first space mission to the International Space Station. He served as flight engineer for ISS Expedition 15 from June 8th to November 7th, 2007. Anderson went to the space station on board the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-10.
Hermann says, “The spacesuit belonged to the Russian mission. Anderson took lead on this fundraising effort because he really wanted it back in the United States. We are the museum that really highlights and showcases our local astronaut. He is the only astronaut from Nebraska so we have a whole section of artifacts from Clayton Anderson. It was an $80,000 project all-in-all. We had a huge case built it that will keep the suit intact.”
Anderson will serve as the keynote speaker at the unveiling Saturday. His presentation starts at 5 p.m. and will focus on his story and journey. He will then be available for autographs and guests are invited to stay for a full night of activities.
The event is part of general admission fees. The event is free to museum members.