Space X Commander Is A University of Illinois Grad
Crew commander Mike Hopkins, 51, is an Air Force colonel and former space station resident who grew up on a hog and cattle farm in Missouri. He played football for the University of Illinois and, before becoming an astronaut in 2009, worked at the Pentagon.
Space Station Over Rockford
My wife, Amy, has been following the year-long saga of astronaut Scott Kelly, who will be coming home to Earth tomorrow after nearly a year (340 days) in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).