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.
Did You Know? 9 Astronauts are UTSI Alumni
Nine astronauts, including the current commander of the International Space Station, are graduates of the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma. Three notable astronauts studied at UTSI, but did not receive their degrees there and one notable astronaut graduated for the UT College of Medicine.