Kansas native headed to International Space Station

A Kansas native is heading to the International Space Station.

Nick Hague is a Hoxie High School graduate and a colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

Hague is part of the 2013 NASA astronaut class and will be the first of his class to go to space.

During a planned six-month mission, station crew members will take part in about 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical and biological sciences.

Crew members will participate in the first uncrewed test flights of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil.

Hague currently is at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. He is set to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on the Russian Soyuz MS-10 Oct. 11.

He is scheduled to return back to earth in April.