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KSDK – This weekend, a Missouri astronaut is taking part in a first for the space program: the Olympic torch will go on a spacewalk!

Pat McGonigle talked to Colonel Mike Hopkins, who is onboard the International Space Station with fellow astronaut Karen Nyberg. Hopkins was born in Lebanon, Mo., and was the captain of the University of Illinois football team.

We asked Hopkins his advice for kids hoping to become astronauts, here's his response:

"The thing that anybody needs to do is find something they love, the thing they're passionate about. That way, if things work out becoming an astronaut, that's great, but then, even if they don't, you still have something that you're absolutely passionate about."

Hopkins is doing hundreds of experiments on the ISS, but he's also taking some amazing photos on Twitter.

His handle is @Astrolllini.

The Olympic torch is going up to the ISS on a rocket tomorrow, and if you're curious, the flames will be extinguished for safety reasons.