Ride shotgun on a trip to space with astronaut Terry Virts. A
born storyteller with a gift for the surprising turn of phrase and eye
for the perfect you-are-there details, he captures all the highs, lows,
humor, and wonder of an experience few will ever know firsthand.
Featuring stories covering survival training, space shuttle emergencies,
bad bosses, the art of putting on a spacesuit, time travel, and much
Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts offers an insider's guide to astronauting—a behind-the-scenes look at the training, the basic rules, lessons, and procedures of space travel, including how to deal with a dead body in space, what it’s like to film an IMAX movie in orbit, what exactly to do when nature calls, and much more, in 50 brief chapters.
How to Astronaut is an amusing and enlightening insight into
an astronaut's work life...This is an eye-opening insider's view on
what it's really like to be an astronaut: the joys, the dangers, the
fear, and the day-to-day reality of it. Virts' writing is humorous,
playful, down to earth, and often wise."-- "Booklist"
"There's something intriguing to be learned on practically every page...[How to Astronaut] captures the details of an extraordinary job and turns even the mundane aspects of space travel into something fascinating."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Virts' firsthand accounts are richly detailed and...hilarious."-- "Discover"
Col. Terry Virts
Col. Terry Virts (ret) served as a U.S. Air Force test fighter pilot, is
a NASA veteran of two spaceflights and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force
Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Harvard Business
He recently directed his first film, One More Orbit. His next book, The Art of Space Travel, is due out in the fall of 2020. He is currently involved in several film and television projects, serves on corporate boards, consults to the entertainment industry,
writes and promotes public policy.
He is a celebrated thought leader, speaker and author whose seven months in space included: piloting the Space Shuttle; commanding the International Space Station; three spacewalks; and performing scientific experiments, while working closely with multiple international partners. Virts worked with Russian Space Agency cosmonauts during some of the most stressful
U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.
While in space he took more than 300,000 photos – more than on any other space mission. The images are an integral component of the National Geographic IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, which Virts also shot and stars in. His first book for National Geographic, View From Above, combines his best photography with stories about spaceflight alongside his
perspectives about life on earth and our place in the cosmos.
An in-demand speaker at events across the globe, Virts’ inspires audiences with stories from space as well as his insights into life on earth. He brings his unique perspective to businesses worldwide on diverse topics such as our environment, global wealth, intercultural leadership, crisis and risk management, innovation, strategy and vision and decision making.