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Presidential shout out shines light on UT space program

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KNOXVILLE (WBIR) - Captain Scott Kelly is planning to go up to space in March for a year-long mission inside the International Space Station. Certainly, that is a long way home, from where he received part of his education at the University of Tennessee's Space Institute in Tullahoma.

"It's been a pretty good week to have somebody commander with the space station being replaced by another UT grad," said Dr. Matthew Mench with the College of Engineering. UTSI is under the engineering umbrella.

On Tuesday, during the State of the Union, President Obama gave a shout out to the native Texan, sitting one row behind First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The president gave Kelly an order: to take as many photos as possible and post them on Instagram.

"He's an astronaut and on the cover of Time magazine -- so I expect big things," Dr. Mench added.

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