NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins

September 9, 2013 5:30:50 AM PDT
Mike Hopkins, an astronaut for NASA, talks with ABC7 Chicago as he prepares for his upcoming space mission.

- Hopkins and his crewmates, Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency, will launch on September 25 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.

- Hopkins is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and the first member of the 2009 NASA Astronaut Class to travel to space.

- Hopkins is a native of Richland, Missouri. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and graduate degree from Stanford University.

Hopkins' Biography:

International Space Station Expedition 37/38 Information:

"Train Like an Astronaut" Program:

Follow Mike on Twitter: @AstroILLINI