Meet Barry “Butch” Wilmore, your friendly local astronaut.
Wilmore grew up in Mt. Juliet and went to Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. Then he enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot and then — an astronaut.
“Step by step, eventually I was in a position where I had qualifications to do this job, and it was something that was always in the back of my mind,” Wilmore told WPLN during an interview in September, right before he launched up to the International Space Station.