Space institute in Tullahoma shapes astronauts for NASA
For this week’s Middle Tennessee Monday, News 2 visited one of Tullahoma’s best kept secrets.
The University of Tennessee Space Institute is where dozens of astronauts learned the knowledge that helped get them to NASA.
Scott Kelly and Barry Willmore are just a few of Middle Tennessee’s own.
UT Space Institute programs launch student careers
The University of Tennessee can boast two alumni who made headlines for spending time in space this year. American astronaut Scott Kelly blasted off Friday on a mission to spend an entire year in space. The trip is a first for NASA, as it anticipates Mars expeditions that will last two to three years.
UT Astronaut Kelly Ready to Begin Year in Space
When Barry Wilmore returned to Earth on March 11, it took the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, out of space for the first time in six months. That absence won’t last long, though. Scott Kelly—who, like Wilmore, is a graduate of UT’s Space Institute—will begin a one-year mission in space later this week, giving UT an impressive span of being represented almost 18 consecutive months in space.
Wilmore Says Farewell as Space Station Commander with ‘Go Vols!’
Before UT alumnus and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore turned over the command of the International Space Station in preparation for his return to Earth, he issued a good-bye message that included some love for UT.
In an e-mail to the College of Engineering, Wilmore thanked everyone for supporting him during his time in space.
Alumnus Scott Kelly to be Featured Guest at State of the Union
NASA’s Scott Kelly, who earned his master’s degree in aviation systems from UT in 1996, will be heading to the International Space Station for a one-year mission later this spring, something that helped land him a spot as Michelle Obama’s guest at the State of the Union address.
TIME’s latest cover features UT alumnus and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly
When Scott Kelly calls home from the International Space Station (ISS) sometime next year, whoever answers the phone may simply hang up on him. The calls will be welcome, but the link can be lousy, with long, hissing silences breaking up the conversation.
Read more about Scott Kelly in this issue of TIME Magazine.