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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.
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