Retired astronaut Col. Terry Virts will be our guest for “Ask an Astronaut: A Conversation with Astronaut Terry Virts.” We are looking forward to his perspective on life as an astronaut, on life in space, and where we go next in space. Terry was the pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour (STS-130) and served as a flight engineer on Expedition 42 and Commander of Expedition 43 on the International Space Station. He is one of only four astronauts in history to have piloted a space shuttle, flown a Russian Soyuz spacecraft (TMA-15M), performed spacewalks, and commanded the ISS. He has spent a total of 213 days in space, including over 19 hours in three spacewalks. His recently published book, How to Astronaut: An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth, provides down-to-Earth plain-English glimpses into everyday life in space in bite-size pieces. Each of the 51 chapters describes a type of experience he encountered before, during, and after his two space missions. He has celebrated his unique perspective on the beauty of Earth through photography and has taken more photos from space than any other astronaut. Many are featured in his National Geographic book View From Above, and he also shot much of the stunning footage for the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. We are thrilled he will share his stories and experiences with the members of NSS. Terry will be introduced by Greg Autry and Jeffrey Liss will host the session.
Please join us for what promises to be a fun and informative session.