US astronaut Mike Hopkins, a Missouri native, headed for the International Space Station on this date aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule. “Thx for sharing in this adventure,” he wrote on Twitter, according to an article from He was born in Lebanon, Missouri, and grew up on a farm outside Richland.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press. 

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