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US astronaut Michael Hopkins, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), waves on September 26, 2013 before the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DMITRY LOVETSKY (Photo credit should read DMITRY LOVETSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Astronaut To Deliver Commencement Address At U Of I

While working aboard the International Space Station, Mike Hopkins realized that he’d literally come a long way since being a walk-on football player at the University of Illinois. CBs 2′s Ryan Baker reports.

05/16/2014

U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), waves on September 26, 2013 before the launch of Soyuz-FG  rocket at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Photo credit: DMITRY LOVETSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Illinois Astronaut To Go For Spacewalk To Repair Space Station

Atronaut and U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Hopkins has been preparing for as many as three spacewalks to repair a broken cooling line on the station.

12/18/2013

Soyuz Rocket Launches Crew To Space Station

Illini Grad Talks To U. Of I. Students From International Space Station

Hopkins had 10 minutes to answer questions from Illini aerospace engineering students at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He is a 1991 engineering graduate and was co-captain of the Illini football team.

10/30/2013

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong poses in front of his photo during a visit to the Prince Felipe Museum, in Valencia 26 July 2005.AFP PHOTO JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago-Area Friends Of Neil Armstrong Remember Modest Astronaut

“There was no space cowboy thing going on,” former NASA secretary Janet Faina of Naperville says. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.

08/25/2012

Sally Ride (Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sally Ride, A Role Model For The Ages

Looking around our nation, it’s obvious that we need more heroines and heroes with Sally Ride’s brave and courageous character. Her inspiration and legacy must live on to create the heroines – and heroes – of the future.

07/24/2012

Jim Lovell

Astronaut Jim Lovell Disappointed In Effective End Of Space Program

With Discovery now a museum piece, a former Apollo astronaut who lives in the Chicago area is decrying the effective end of America’s space program.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012