Terry Virts – A Beautiful Planet

Terry Virts was a NASA astronaut from the year 2000. The Maryland native graduated with Academic Distinction from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989 and has logged over 4,300 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft. He served as the Endeavour pilot for STS-130 in 2010, and was assigned to Expedition 42/43, where he served as commander for Expedition 43 in 2015. Virts has conducted three spacewalks totalling more than 19 hours and has logged 212 days in space on his two flights. Was previously assigned to the Extravehicular Activity Robotics branch.

00:00 Trailer.
02:32 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:56 Brian’s Introduction.
06:22 Thoughts on the UK and its history of exploration.
08:33 Watching The Right Stuff with George Zamka the night before going into space.
09:25 Viewing Gravity with Samantha Cristoforetti whilst in space.
11:29 Did The Right Stuff bring back memories of going to Flight School?
12:37 Characteristics required for being a test pilot or astronaut.
14:15 How the overview has affected Terry.
16:46 In space with a Russian during conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
20:21 Robust quality of Russian space technology whilst the US pushes technology limits.
23:44 Volume of work doesn’t allow for too much contemplation.
25:06 Are astronauts kept busy for psychological reasons?
27:33 The importance of knowing about psychological changes from being separated from earth?
28:43 How to lead a successful team mission.
30:21 How astronauts are affected by communication delay when going further into space.
31:48 The us versus them mentality.
33;22 Why Terry now associates different countries with colour for his forthcoming book.
36-01 A passionate photographer taking the opportunity to take pictures of earth from space.
42:22 How does an astronaut replace that experience on earth.
43:24 How Terry became an astronaut.
47:46 Why Terry trained to be a test pilot.
51:31 Scariest moment as a pilot.
53:16 What it takes to be a F16 pilot.
55:43 As an astronaut, what he had to do mentally and physically to cope with 200 hours in space.
58:21 Dealing with a super dangerous ammonia emergency in space.
1:04:01 Russia’s political attitude within the space industry.
1:06:44 Terry’s views on Spacex and Orbital ATK.
1:09:15 Should NASA be building cargo supply rockets or a commercial endeavour try it?
1:11:42 What is needed to get man on Mars.
1:14:10 If man does go to Mars, can we get them back?
1:16:45 Terry’s response to those who say we did not land on the moon.
1:28:54 The need for constant space exploration PR.
1:21:56 As Terry orbited the earth many times can he say if it is round or flat?
1:23:02 Does Terry ever consider there are Aliens, or life, out in space?
1:28:49 An indication from space of the world’s wealth distribution.
1:35:31 Does NASA have any part of Terry’s life now he has retired from them.
1:36:46 Success secrets.
1:37:28 The prospects for a world with faster broadband connectivity.
1:37:38 What Terry would like people to take from watching A Beautiful Planet.
1:39:14 How Terry got through the long wait to be chosen to go into space.
1:42:31 Transitioning from Nasa to the next phase of his life.
1:43:59 Creative energy will perhaps drive Terry’s next project.
1:45:43 Phone call to the 20 year old Terry Virts.
1:47:27 Best advice ever received.
1:48:54 Advice to the young person wanting to know how to fulfil their ambition.
1:50:34 Brian’s summing up.

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this is great , its so plainly obvious that verts is a genuine and passionate man and talks from experience ,anyone who is so stupid to say hes a liar will just have to stay in there darkness and ignorance, thank you mr verts for inspiring me on,


Inspiring… Thank u so much for sharing such a story


You have never seen the earth from space and humans will never be able to do it, because it is impossible … it’s a fact… but this man has good fantasy and he is just another NASA lier !!!


man has never touched moon .


I should have studied harder and ventured here

Dominic Jones

Interesting episode. Thank you 🙂


This video contains great knowledge one can’t even imagine…time is counting out let’s keep the best experience picked out

Al Jean
Al Jean

of course keep the biggest lie of all going to say that its round with millions of galaxies and with all these other planet that might be inhabited removes God or primal source they need a atheist humanity before a New World Order to happen


When I was a Kid about 5 years old about 1970 in school the teacher asked me in front of the whole class what iI wanted to be when I grew Up . I said an Astronaut . She said I could not be an Astronaut because I am Irish . From that day I never learned another word of Irish and had no intrest in Math (as my dad had told me I needed Math to be an Astronaut) I went on to become a Junkie and Alco spent time in jail and am now unemployed , I share… Read more »

sam annagui

ok this link from my email was saying is the earth flat ? the first few seconds he talks about looking down at the earth, as he works for nasa and they don’t really produce unaltered photos of the earth i already know he’s going to say its round. It’s the fact that they don’t produce unaltered photos that leaves some people wondering.

Riaan Zoetmulder

Great video. Seems like a great humble guy! More astronauts on london real!

Ryan Orrock
Ryan Orrock

Ummmm….can one not delete one’s comments?