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Terry Virts -Astronaut - Changemaker Speaker Series
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Terry Virts -Astronaut

Astronaut Terry Virts has served in the US Air Force as an F-16 fighter and test pilot, piloted the space shuttle Endeavour, served as commander for the International Space Station, and conducted three spacewalks during a 200-day mission in 2014 and 2015. During his seven months in space, Terry took over 300,000 photographs and hours of video—the most of any space mission before or since. These images form the backbone of IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. National Geographic published View from Above, a book featuring some of Terry’s best images alongside his reflections. A compelling speaker and regular contributing instructor at Harvard Business School, Terry shares his insights in a variety of venues, from Fortune 500 board rooms to concert halls. His highly anticipated second book, How to Astronaut, was published in 2020.

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How to Astronaut

From the danger zone to the International Space Station, Terry Virts has mastered every aviation and aerospace job a pilot could dream of—such as Top Gun fighter pilot, ISS commander, and pilot of space shuttle Endeavor. During 200 consecutive days in space, he had a lot of time to reflect on life on Earth. Terry reveals the wonders of our world from above, personal insights into how NASA could have done better on previous shuttle missions, and, you know, How to Astronaut—which happens to be the title of his best-selling book.