Lebanon native Michael Hopkins to command the SpaceX Crew Dragon, set for launch in November

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Michael Hopkins.(NASA)
Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:47 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 12:39 PM CDT
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LEBANON, Mo. (KY3) - Michael Hopkins, a NASA astronaut and Lebanon, Missouri native, is set for a special mission in November

Hopkins is a mission commander of SpaceX Crew Dragon, which was set to launch into space on Saturday, Oct. 31.

According to SpaceFlightNow.com and a colleague of Hopkins, the date for launch has been postponed to November 14. Crews are evaluating some issues with engines used on the Falcon 9 series rockets.

Once Hopkins arrives to space, he is expected serve as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

According to NASA, Hopkins and his crewmates are working closely with SpaceX to develop new spacecraft systems, which will provide roundtrip crew transportation services to the International Space Station and return the ability to launch humans into space from United States soil.

Hopkins was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2009. He was raised near Richland, Missouri and is a graduate of School of the Osage. Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.

Lebanon mayor Jared Carr had declared Oct. 31 as Michael Hopkins Day in Lebanon with the mission initially set for Saturday.

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