Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tech Alum To Be On Space Shuttle Flight

A Tennessee Tech alumnus, who is now a 46-year-old U.S. Navy captain and NASA astronaut, will pilot an 11-day mission on the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. The shuttle is scheduled to launch Nov. 12. Barry Wilmore got a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Tennessee Tech University. He also holds a second master's degree from the University of Tennessee. Wilmore, who lives in Houston, credits his Tennessee education, team sports and the military as the building blocks that got him into NASA's space program.