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Northwoods astronaut recalls inspiring Apollo landing 50 years later

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Winter native Jeff Williams conducted a five-hour and 58-minute spacewalk on Aug. 19, 2016 during one of his record-setting stays at the International Space Station. The Northwoods astronaut was inspired 50 years ago to begin his path toward the stars. (Photo contributed by NASA.)

Jeff Williams was born in Superior, but he moved away as an infant and grew up in Winter, where his dad taught history and the family lived on his grandfather’s homestead farm.

It was there that, inspired by the work ethic of his family and a science teacher named Don Johnson, Williams began reaching for the stars.

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Official crew photograph of NASA astronaut Jeff Williams of Winter, who served as flight engineer with the International Space Station's Expedition 47.

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NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams prepare to grapple the SpaceX Dragon supply spacecraft from aboard the International Space Station. 

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The Progress 62P supply spacecraft against a backdrop of Earth and space during after undocking from the International Space Station. 

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NASA astronaut Jeff Williams held the record for the most time spent in space, more than 534 days.

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