CHAMPAIGN -- One reason behind Saturday's big turnout at commencement was the keynote speaker; former Illini and astronaut Mike Hopkins. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera sat down with him to talk about his experience coming back to his Alma Mater.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A big name is bringing a lot of attention to the UI commencement this weekend. Astronaut Mike Hopkins will be the main speaker Saturday.
DECATUR -- Some students had an out-of-this-world guest Tuesday.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Alumni and astronaut Michael Hopkins will give the Commencement address at graduation, May 17.
Update: 4:25 pm, 3/11/14, Tuesday NASA -- UI alum Mike Hopkins is officially back on Earth and in Russia.
HOUSTON, TX -- There's a lot to see from 230 miles above the earth.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION -- The ISS emptied the trash.
Update: 10:22 pm HOUSTON, TX -- It's not easy becoming an astronaut. But a University of Illinois graduate is making Central Illinois proud by taking his skills to the stars.
CHAMPAIGN -- From hundreds of miles above us, a University of Illinois graduate is hard at work on the International Space Station. But he's still staying connected to us here on earth.
URBANA -- It's not everyday you get to meet someone who's been to outer space, but UI students got to talk with two graduates who have seen the final frontier firsthand.
Latest: 6:18 pm, 10/4/13, Friday OUTER SPACE -- A former Illini football player says he's keeping an eye on the team, from space!
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- An alumni hopes to go to space but needs your help first.