Mike Hopkins

School of the Osage graduate and Lake Native Mike Hopkins is at the Kennedy Space Station getting set for Saturday’s launch to the International Space Station.

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Hopkins tells our news partner KY3 TV the mission’s part of a partnership between NASA and SpaceX.

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Hopkins will be the commander of the mission that was postponed last month after the Falcon 9 rocket the four-person crew is set to ride showed mechanical problems during a test.

The crew will stay in the orbiting space station for about 6 months.