Posts by Terry Virts

SHARK WEEK

Bucket list.  Everyone has one. And one of the problems you get from flying in space is that your bucket list gets WAY too long.  Before my spaceflights, I was content with seeing Europe and Hawaii and maybe an occasional trip to Asia. But, having spent over 7 months in space, I’ve now seen places…

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FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE

For 18 years I knew it was coming, and like a dog who hides his head under the couch and thinks nobody can see him, I pretended it never would arrive. And frankly it surprised me how hard it was- how emotional I got…

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THE (SOUTHERN) END OF THE EARTH

I didn’t quite know what to expect when I went to Tierra Del Fuego, Patagonia, the southernmost part of South America, where Chile and Argentina end. I had read stories of sailors and explorers trying to round Cape Horn, and the tremendously bad weather they encountered there. It always seemed like a foreboding place. Tierra Del Fuego…

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AFRICA

Wild. In every sense of the word, the Africa I saw, if only for a few days, can be described with one word: “wild.” The animal life. Geology. Even the people. Africa seemed to be exactly the place from where I imagined that all of humanity originated from, eons ago. My brief trip there was…

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