Just weeks before he's scheduled to return to Earth, astronaut Mike Hopkins captured two beautiful photos from the International Space Station of his childhood home in Missouri.
The International Space Station took Hopkins and his "roommates" -- Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Servey Ryazanskiy -- past Hopkins' childhood home in Richland, Missouri, and past his high school in Osage Beach, Missouri, earlier this month.Hopkins snapped a photo and shared it on Twitter:
In the middle of this pic is a little farm outside of Richland, Missouri where I grew up. Looks different from here! pic.twitter.com/cEKhM8uM6q— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) February 20, 2014
Hopkins frequently posts his amazing views of Earth from space on Twitter. In November, his orbit took him over St. Louis, where he shared this photo of River City:
Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Big shout out to my high school, School of the Osage (near the middle of pic) pic.twitter.com/TbPJVYCVFA— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) February 17, 2014
hey St. Louis, looking good from 260 miles up! pic.twitter.com/gNojjViuKH— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) November 17, 2013
Hopkins was born in Lebanon, Missouri, and grew up on a farm about 150 miles southwest of St. Louis. His parents still live in Warrensburg and Camdenton. Hopkins graduated with his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1991.
He is scheduled to return to Earth in March 2014.