PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Educators from the Minneapolis area watch U.S. Army Astronaut Col. Timothy Kopra blast off into space on board STS-127 Wednesday afternoon from U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command operations Headquarters, Building 3, on Peterson AFB, Colo. The group, consisting of about 40 high schools and university educators, visited Fort Carson and NORAD/U.S. Northern Command during the week. While at SMDC/ARSTRAT educators received an overview on the Army's role in Space and the Space-based capabilities and products which are being provide to the warfighter in-theater. The tour is sponsored by the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Minneapolis. This is the first space flight for Kopra, one of four active Army astronauts. He will join the crew of the International Space Station as a mission specialist.