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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.
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.
A Beautiful Planet (Documentary)
International Space Station
The Right Stuff (film)
History of Jamestown, Virginia
Pictures taken from space by Terry Virts
Rocky IV (film)
The Day After (film)
Mission Control Center
Harvard Business School
Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
F16s Auto GCAS saves pilot video
Top Gun (film)
President Kennedy’s decision to go to the moon
Hernán Cortés – burning boats story
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Apollo 13 (film)
Facebook Aquila project
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
People mentioned in this episode:
Captain James Cook
Neil Degrasse Tyson