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Barry Wilmore, a UT alumnus, is seen posing with a football and wearing a UT College of Engineering shirt during his time aboard the International Space Station.

UT alumnus Barry Wilmore gained world fame after spending six months on the International Space Station.

Closer to home, the former UT Space Institute was a social media star for posing in space with a floating football and a long sleeved orange UT College of Engineering t-shirt.

No surprise, then, that he has become an oft-requested guest of Knoxville media, with WBIR running a pair of features on him in recent days.

The first was part of the NBC affiliate’s “Home Grown Heroes” series, and featured Wilmore talking about his time in space at what it took to get to that point.

“If you’re going to have the opportunity to spend six months in space, it should be the most professionally rewarding experience of your life,” Wilmore said.

For the second piece, WBIR’s Beth Haynes¬†went to Tullahoma to speak with Wilmore as he returned to UTSI to give an address.

The first interview can be read at WBIR

For the interview and videos on his return to Tennessee and speech at UTSI, click here