State News
6:54 am
Mon May 19, 2014

NASA astronaut discusses future of space program

Mike Hopkins talking to reporters at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins delivered the commencement address on Saturday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hopkins himself graduated from the U of I in 1991, and he was aboard with the International Space Station for six months until his return to Earth in March. Speaking with Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers, Hopkins shares his experiences in orbit and thoughts about the future of the space program. 

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3:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Astronaut Celebrates Apollo 8 Anniversary in Illinois

NASA's famous "Earthrise" photograph, taken on December 24, 1968 during the first manned flight to the moon.
Credit NASA

Retired astronaut Jim Lovell was in Chicago today, recreating Apollo 8's famous Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. As Brian Mackey reports, the original came at the end of a tumultuous year.

With a seemingly intractable war in Vietnam, riots in American cities, and the assassination of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy -- things were not looking up at Christmas 1968. It was against this backdrop that we heard from the three men aboard the first manned flight to the moon.

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5:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Astronaut speaks from space to U of I students

Credit Sean Powers/ Illinois Public Radio

A NASA astronaut who graduated from the University of Illinois spoke to U of I students Tuesday from orbit. IPR’s Sean Powers reports:
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