NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins is preparing for Saturday’s scheduled to launch to the International Space Station. Hopkins, of southern Missouri’s Richland, is leading the four-person crew on a mission that will make space their home for about the next six months. They arrived Sunday at the Kennedy Space Center.
The mission will be Hopkins’ second trip to space. Liftoff is scheduled for 6:49 p.m. Saturday at Cape Canaveral, Florida.