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.