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  • 03:10 - Eating and food in space
  • 04:51 - The different kinds of spacesuits
  • 08:10 - How to become an astronaut
  • 21:01 - Malaria vaccine research in Nigeria
  • 23:51 - Focusing on the bigger picture

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In recent decades the topic of humans living in space has slowly become a possibility. With the advent of the International Space Station and various countries looking to explore Mars, other organizations talking about commercial space travel, it is an exciting time to be alive.

However, for many of us visiting space in our life might be a longshot given the costs that are associated with it. However, it doesn't hurt to sometimes wonder and explore what living in space would be like.

Things like: given that there is no gravity, how does one move around and do simple tasks like eating that we don’t even think twice about while on Earth. Also, what do you see once you leave the Earth’s atmosphere?

That's why for this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show we are joined by Terry Virts, a retired NASA astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.

Terry not only spent hundreds of days in space aboard the International Space Station doing spacewalks among many other activities, but he is also arguably one of the most prolific photographers of space. So much so that he has an amazing IMAX documentary on space.

Terry continues to do some work that is important for the human species including a project he is involved in Africa. He shares more about that in this episode as well.

Biography: Terry Virts

Col. Terry Virts, now retires, 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 School.

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.

Podcast notes

Personal Website: Terry Virts

Project: One More Orbit

Article: Spacesuit Basics by NASA

Company: Virgin Galactic

Company: Blue Origin

Movie: Interstellar

Company: Ocean Pharmaceutical

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