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Wisconsin astronaut going back to spaceSubmitted: 01/10/2014
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - An astronaut from northwestern Wisconsin gets picked for another trip to space.

He's preparing for his fourth flight to the International Space Station.

The flight will be in 2016.

Colonel Jeffrey Williams took three flights to space since 2000, logging almost 12 full months in Earth's orbit.

He'll spend another six months on the space station in 2016.

Williams is a native of Winter in Sawyer County.

He says he's preparing for his own flight but he's also training others for orbital flight.

He's working with astronauts from Japan, Russia, Canada and half a dozen European nations.

Williams says a key thing he's learned is to enjoy the experience.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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