State News
7:07 am
Fri December 20, 2013

U of I grad to go on first spacewalk

A University of Illinois graduate aboard the International Space Station goes on his first spacewalk this weekend. NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins will fix a broken cooling line. The walk is set for Saturday, and it will take about six hours. Speaking from space in October to U of I students, Hopkins talked about his experiences.

“There was something that I was struck with when probably the first day I was up here, and that is that the station is even more amazing than I ever thought it was going to be and in some sense I feel like it’s alive. I mean there’s just this constant noise. It has its own…I don’t know. You hear it every day when you’re up here.”

NASA has also scheduled another spacewalk for Hopkins on Monday and possibly a third on Christmas Day.  His mission in space ends in March.