Monday, July 8, 2013

University of Illinois football captain turned NASA astronaut

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is in the final phase of his mission training as he and his crewmates, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy, prepare for their Sept. 25 launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Hopkins enjoys numerous fitness-related hobbies such as weight lifting, hockey and football -- he was captain of the University of Illinois football team. To share his passion for lifelong fitness, Hopkins is inviting the public to train alongside him in the months leading up to his mission, while in space and through his post-flight rehabilitation.

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