‘It’s been an awesome ride’

It’s not every day an astronaut from Nebraska retires.

But Clayton Anderson broke the news Saturday on Twitter:Calling all Tweeps. Guess u know now that I have decided to retire after 30 years w/NASA. It’s been an awesome ride!” he wrote.

After spending what amounts to more than a third of a year in space, among other duties with NASA, Anderson is moving on to writing and public speaking.

Here are some memorable shots of Anderson through the years.

Clayton Anderson autographs a newspaper page that welcomed him home as Ashland’s own astronaut in 2008 during his visit to his alma mater, Ashland Greenwood High School. KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD

Clayton Anderson shows off an award given to him by the school declaring him the fastest Bluejay ever as part of Ashland’s Clayton Anderson Day. Anderson had recently flown on the International Space Station and participated in a ham radio communication from space with students at the school. KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD

The streak left by the International Space Station as it moved over western Nebraska is visible to the right of the windmill at the Farm And Ranch Museum in Gering in August 2007. Clayton Anderson spent time on the International Space Station in 2007. WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

Clayton Anderson at an Ashland parade in his honor on Feb. 29, 2008. Anderson graduated from high school in Ashland in 1977. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Hundreds of people turned out for a parade honoring astronaut Clayton Anderson in downtown Ashland on Feb. 29, 2008. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Clayton Anderson stands on the sidelines of the 2008 Nebraska-Virginia Tech game in Lincoln with his daughter Sutton REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

Astronaut Clayton Anderson pumps his fist as he is inducted into the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Court of Honor at the CenturyLink Center on Oct. 22, 2011.

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