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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

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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TELL YOUR KIDS YOU LOVE THEM

This is a blog I wasn’t expecting to write.  It is certainly one that I never wanted to write.  But it is one that I feel I must.  And I apologize upfront if it’s a little on the “heavy” side. The Fragility of Life I recently witnessed a fatal car accident.  It, in fact, happened…
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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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