Today on the Dads with Daughters Podcast, we bring you father, astronaut, and author Terry Virts. We talk together about fatherhood, being an astronaut, and what he has learned about life by looking at the Earth from the outside.
Colonel (retired) Terry Virts has spent over seven months in space during his two spaceflights, piloting the Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-130 in 2010 and commanding the International Space Station during Expedition 42 and 43. He is an avid photographer and has taken the most ever photographs in space, more than 319,000 images altogether. He served in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot, test pilot, NASA astronaut and is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Harvard Business School.
The first book Terry read as a child was about the Apollo moon missions, and he was hooked. He grew up with posters of airplanes and rockets and galaxies on his bedroom wall, and when he wasn’t playing baseball or football, he was reading books about astronomy or astronauts or teaching himself how to program computers. Terry also fell in love with traveling at a young age; he lived in Finland as an exchange student in high school and attended the French Air Force Academy for a semester during college. He has since travelled to all seven continents and lived in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia.
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