Posts by Terry Virts

One More Orbit – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

July 11 2019 – Harding and Virts Break World Circumnavigation Speed Record. One More Orbit flight crew is successful in its Pole to Pole World Circumnavigation Speed Record marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing and 500th anniversary of first ever global circumnavigation KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL​ –– At 12:12:23 UTC today, Action Aviation…

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#OneMoreOrbit

On July 9-11, 50 years after man first walked on the Moon, Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding and former International Space Station Commander Col. Terry Virts will attempt to break the Round-the-World record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER ultra long-range business jet.

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AN ASTRONAUTS SCIENCE FICTION #READINGLIST

I am in the middle of a book tour, something I never thought I would do.  And I’m sure my high school English teachers would agree.  But after I decided to leave NASA and start a new “career,” writing a book was at the top of my to-do list.  I didn’t want to write an…

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ANTARCTICA

Camp Whichaway;  70°S, 11°E;  13 Dec 2017 Cold.  Of all of the adjectives to describe Antarctica, “cold” is most fitting, because it describes nearly every moment at every location on the world’s most remote continent.  Deserted, white, dry, isolated, beautiful, harsh, stunning.  Those are other adjectives that can be used in abundance when talking about…

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HURRICANE HARVEY BLOG

The smell is different.  It’s certainly not any better, both smells are bad.  But the smell after Hurricane Harvey was just different than after Hurricane Andrew.  It feels silly to try to describe the smell of the aftermath of a hurricane, like a wine critic using terms like “aromatic bouquet” and “silky complexity.” The sopping…

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

You know the expression, “too much of a good thing?”   Well, I’ve always loved travelling.  Since I was a kid, there was nothing better than taking a trip to the airport and flying off to some new destination (or even old destination).  Some folks like to be homebodies, and I get that, sometimes there’s nothing…

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A NEW ERA FOR THE BIRDS

Terry Virts is a Baltimore native, an Orioles fan through thick and thin, a former astronaut, public speaker, and author, and Monday morning (baseball executive) quarterback.

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THE END OF GENIUS ?

speaking in the very room where Beethoven first performed his 5th Symphony led me to a profound thought about “genius.” What exactly does it mean? Who were the geniuses of centuries gone by? And who will be the geniuses of tomorrow? Perhaps most sobering of all- is “genius” dead?

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ENDING GUN VIOLENCE

I just apologized to my daughter. She just went through active shooter training at her school: “Run – Hide – Fight.” I was sorry that she had to go to school in a world where the kids have to worry about getting shot, and that I didn’t do anything about it in the past. But the time to act is now.

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ECLIPSE 2017

Terry Virts and Cara Santa Maria

Astronaut and public speaker Terry Virts joins NatGeo’s Cara Santa Maria in Oregon for a live TV broadcast of the 2017 Eclipse totality

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