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UT Astronaut Arrives at International Space Station

The crew of the International Space Station, including UT alumnus Butch Wilmore (in blue flight suit with U.S. flag) gives an interview to Russian media in this image from NASA.

NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and his Russian cosmonaut counterparts arrived at the International Space Station early Friday morning in their Soyuz capsule, beginning a six-month stint aboard the station.
Wilmore, who graduated from the University of Tennessee Space Institute with a master’s degree in aviation systems in 1994, will serve as the next commander of the space station, beginning when the current crew returns to earth in early November.

UTSI Professor and Student Win Aerospace Awards

Joseph Majdalani, the Arnold Chair of Excellence in Advanced Propulsion at the UT Space Institute, was honored with the Abe M. Zarem Educator Award at the fifty-first Aerospace Sciences Meeting. UTSI graduate student Charles Haddad was also honored with the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics.