Air Force colonel makes his way up to space


An Air Force colonel is now aboard the International Space Station.

In this image provided by NASA-TV the New Expedition 37 crew members, foreground from left: Mike Hopkins, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Oleg Kotov, were welcomed aboard the International Space Station Sept. 26, at 12:34 a.m. EDT. The new residents were greeted by Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, rear center and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg, left, and Luca Parmitano. (AP Photo/NASA)

Mike Hopkins, 44, and two Russians traveled in a Soyuz capsule Sept. 25 after blasting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan to dock with the space station, where they’ll spend the next six months.

Hopkins was a special assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a year until he began astronaut training in 2009, according to his official biography.

He was one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class and graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training in November 2011.

This is his first mission.

There are now six astronauts, including Hopkins, at the orbiting outpost.

Hopkins spoke with his mother during a live broadcast on NASA TV, saying: “It was a pretty good ride, Mom. It was a lot of fun.”


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  1. Looking at the title of this article I’m led to believe that “space” is now a proper noun. What is up with the capital “S”?

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