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Mid-state native blasts into space aboard Russian craft

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A NASA astronaut who hails from the mid-state was launched into space Thursday yesterday afternoon and arrived at the international space station early Friday morning.

Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore is a NASA veteran who first went into space on a shuttle flight in 2009.

Wilmore was born in Murfreesboro and grew up in Mt. Juliet.

This morning, Wilmore and his fellow astronauts gathered in the station’s largest capsule for a live video conference call with their families at Russia’s Baikonur space center.

Wilmore had a chance to speak by video link with his wife, Deanna, and his two daughters.

Watch Wilmore speak from space to his family in Russia.

Wilmore’s brother Jack and his family, who live in Franklin, also traveled to Russia to be on hand for the blastoff.

Wilmore will remain on the station for about six months.