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Minnesota astronaut Karen Nyberg returns home

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - 6-months is a long time to be away from home but imagine not even being on the planet for that long.

Rural Minnesota seems like a far cry from outer space but Karen Nyberg has called both places home.

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In November, Nyberg returned from a six month mission to the International Space Station.

But today, the scene was something a little more familiar.

Karen Nyberg - Astronaut: "It's really fun to come home. And it's almost like a time warp. I feel like it was just yesterday I was doing things in this gym, so it's pretty neat."

Before she was an astronaut, Nyberg was a Henning Hornet.

Terry Oscarson - Henning School Teacher: "We're all very excited to have her come back and see us. We were able to see when she was up in space, so it was great to have her here today."

In space, Nyberg conducted experiments with state-of-the-art equipment and tested the effects of living in zero-gravity.

Nyberg: "The things we're doing in space are really helping people on Earth as well."

From outer space to her hometown; Doctor Nyberg hopes her success can influence kids here at home.

Shelby Kyllonen - Henning High School Student: "It makes me think...I don't know... I can do anything if I try."

Nyberg remembers the unique challenges of growing up in a small town.

Nyberg: "I think some people get the impression that being in a small town, you don't get the opportunities. But you can make the opportunities and do just about anything you want to."

And she continues to inspire kids to seize those opportunities.

Oscarson: "We have more than one Karen Nyberg in our building."

Nyberg: "It is weird... Because I don't feel like I've done anything. You know, it's just me. And I'm just at my mom and dad's house."

Nyberg lives in Texas now, her husband is also an astronaut but they're both happy to have some time on the ground, for now.

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