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Published August 03, 2013, 11:21 AM

Astronaut alum gives speech for UND graduation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Astronaut and University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg has given the university's summer graduates a speech that was literally "out of this world."

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Astronaut and University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg has given the university's summer graduates a speech that was literally "out of this world."

Nyberg, a 1994 UND graduate from Vining, Minn., was orbiting 230 miles above Earth on the International Space Station when she recorded the brief message for the UND's summer commencement.

She told the graduates to be proud of themselves and their school. She urged them to "keep dreaming and reach for the stars."

Nyberg is the first UND graduate to go into space, and the 50th woman to do so. She's done it twice.

Nyberg first traveled to the International Space station aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 2008. She made her second journey on a Russian Soyuz capsule that blasted off in late May.

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