Event:  Ask An Astronaut with NASA’s Col. Michael S. Hopkins
Date & Time:  Thu., June 18, 2-3 p.m.
Location:  Giant Screen Theater, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 S.W. Washington St. Peoria
Cost:  FREE & Open to the Public

The public is invited to “Ask an Astronaut,” live at Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater, Thurs. June 18, 2-3 p.m. NASA astronaut Col. Michael S. “Mike” Hopkins will field questions from museum Space Explorers summer camp students and the general public during this live web-based Q&A. The event, sponsored by NASA and the museum, is free and open to all.

Col. Hopkins, an aerospace engineer, spent 161 days on the International Space Station (ISS), from Sept. 2013 through Mar. 2014, with crew members from the U.S. (including Karen Nyberg, the 50th woman in space), Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency. During the expedition, the crew completed 2,656 orbits of Earth and traveled more than 70 million miles.

The Missouri native is a University of Illinois alumnus (BS, 1991) and former Illini football team captain with strong ties to the Peoria area – he is married to Peoria native Julie Stutz Hopkins. For more information on Col. Hopkins, visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hopkins-ms.html.

The museum recommends reserving a seat at the front desk (main lobby) or by calling 309-686-7000.