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International Space Station Commander
Space Shuttle Pilot
Fighter Pilot
Test Pilot

Colonel (USAF retired) Terry Virts 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 42/43 in 2014/2015.

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. He is currently working as an executive coach as well as advising businesses that focus on energy, aerospace, and technology.

Terry is a guest-lecturer at the Harvard Business School where he won the 2021 Alumni Achievement Award. He provides management consulting services and speaks around the globe on a variety of business and motivational topics. 


He has directed several films, including One More Orbit (2019) and The Night After (2023), and is a guest lecturer at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he teaches about his IMAX movie A Beautiful Planet.

Virts hosts the podcast 'Down to Earth with Terry Virts', and is the author of 'The Astronaut’s Guide to Leaving the Planet', an illustrated children’s book (2023), 'How to Astronaut: Everything you Need to Know Before Leaving Earth (2020)', 'Apo11o: To the Moon and Back (2019)', a limited-edition reproduction of the Apollo 11 flight plan, as well as the National Geographic photography book 'View From Above' (2017).

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