Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nebraska's Astronaut to host as we explore the Final Frontier!

Get ready to explore infinity and beyond with astronaut Clay Anderson and the Omaha Symphony! Join us as we travel to the Final Frontier—outer space—Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Anderson will host this fun, casual family concert featuring space-themed favorites and thrilling video from NASA.

Astronaut Clay Anderson’s ties to Nebraska are as strong as his loyalties to NASA. Born in Omaha, he graduated from high school in Ashland. He received his bachelor degree from Hastings College and his graduate degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University. After 15 years in flight design at Johnson Space Center, NASA selected Anderson as a mission specialist. There, he served as a crew support astronaut and a flight engineer.

In 2007, Anderson launched into space aboard Shuttle Atlantis, spending five months at the International Space Station. During his 152-day tour of duty, he performed three spacewalks that lasted 18 hours. He returned aboard Shuttle Discovery. Anderson’s next launch is scheduled for February 2010.

Hear music that will transport you (pieces from Star Trek and Holst’s The Planets), while viewing and learning about this dreamy destination from someone who has actually experienced it! It’s bound to be an out-of-this-world musical experience for kids of all ages!

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