NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, awaits the start of a spacewalk training session in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Hopkins is wearing a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit.
Hello, Space Fans! NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins is counting down to launch to the International Space Station on Sept. 25, and SPACE.com will chat about his upcoming departure from planet Earth on Monday, Sept. 9, and we wanted to know what would YOU ask Mike, if you could? Let us know in the comments section below.
Hopkins will be speaking via video link from Russia's Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, where he is where he is training to launch on a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. He'll chat with SPACE.com's managing editor Tariq Malik (that's me) in a five-minute interview, one of many for him on Monday. You can watch SPACE.com's interview with Hopkins live here beginning at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT). [Cosmic Quiz: The International Space Station]
I'll talk with Mike about his upcoming space station mission, his "Train Like an Astronaut" project to encourage physical fitness among the public, and how he will keep up his exercise regime in space. And we would love to try to ask some questions from SPACE.com readers, so let me know what you'd like to know. I'll try to ask a few during our brief chat. Hopkins joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2009 and is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is a flight engineer for the Expedition 37 crew on the space station. Hopkins will launch into space on Sept. 25 at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT) for a months-long mission.