A University of Illinois alumnus said his time at the school helped prepare him for his latest adventure: heading to the international space station.
U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Hopkins is the first of his graduating NASA class to head to space. He'll do so in September of this year.
Hopkins received his bachelor's degree from the UI in 1992 in aerospace engineering. He said his time at the UI helped form his values and his path to his first space mission.