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View From Above

Photograph by Terry Virts

  • November 14, 2017

  • 7:30 PM - 9 PM
  • $25.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Event

Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut TERRY VIRTS, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station, where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became International Space Station commander, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who had come before him. Many of those images were later used to create the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Terry tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space.


Photograph courtesy of Terry Virts

Terry Virts


Celebrated NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour, and crew member on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Terry Virts also spent 200 consecutive days in space as commander of the International Space Station—one of the longest continuous space missions of any NASA astronaut. More recently, Terry appeared in the 2016 IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space that features stunning footage—much of it shot by Terry while aboard (and outside) the International Space Station—of our magnificent blue planet, and humanity's impact on it. His photography, which provides incredible aerial views of Earth and the vast space that surrounds it, will be featured in a new National Geographic book, View From Above, to be released in October.

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