"Astro Clay" applied 15 times before NASA selected him in 1998 as an Astronaut. He spent 30 years working for NASA as an Engineer and Astronaut, succeeding in one of the most difficult and coveted jobs in the world through perseverance and a never-give-up mantra. He flew as a Mission Specialist on the space shuttle and a Flight Engineer on the International Space Station. Astro Clay is also a spacewalker and was part of the NEEMO 5 underwater mission crew. As Nebraska's only Astronaut he is the embodiment of passion and persistence. #TheOrdinarySpaceman www.AstronautClayAnderson.com
Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA's Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as a Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation's dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!