College to hold virtual watch party for alumnus’ space launch


CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The University of Illinois’ Department of Aerospace Engineering will host a watch party as an alumnus blasts off into space Saturday.

Officials said Mike “Hopper” Hopkins graduated in 1992 and he will command NASA’s Crew-1 mission inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. He is expected to launch Saturday with three other crew members, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Soichi Noguchi.

“Crew-1 will join Expedition 1 at the International Space Station for a six-month mission to conduct microgravity science.”

The Department will hold a virtual launch viewing party on Saturday. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and the launch is at approximately 6:49 p.m. It is open to the public and is free. However, you must register.

UPDATE: Saturday’s launch has been rescheduled for today, Sunday, Nov. 15 at 6:27 p.m. CST due to high winds at the Kennedy Space Center.  The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois is hosting a launch watch party beginning at  6 p.m. CST.  It will be live streamed on AE’s Youtube channel. 

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