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Wilmore's time in space continues to keep Tech football in spotlight

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Golden Eagle linebacker Barry Wilmore's time in space as pilot of the NASA Space Shuttle continues to bring positive publicity to the Tennessee Tech football program.

Most recently, Wilmore and the question-and-answer session he hosted from space with students at Tennessee Tech were featured in an article posted on the NASA website.

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On Sunday, Nov. 22, astronauts fielded questions from students at Wilmore's alma mater and area elementary, middle and high school students. Astronauts Leland Melvin and Nicole Stott also participated in the downlink.

Sally Pardue, with Tennessee Tech's Oakley STEM Center, said Wilmore's Tennessee heritage gave students a unique connection. Pardue is director of the university's Oakley Center for Teaching and Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The center worked with NASA and U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon to host the event at Tennessee Tech.