Astronaut to share photos from space

“The mission of the space station is always science … but unless people on Earth can experience it and share the excitement and the adventure of space flight, it doesn’t really matter,” Terry Virts says.

Staff Report

NASA astronaut Terry Virts will give an illustrated public lecture titled “View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World”  – featuring stunning photographs from his 200 days aboard the International Space Station – at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 26, at UCSB Campbell Hall.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Virts found a new perspective from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any previous astronaut.

Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book “View From Above” and the IMAX film “A Beautiful Planet.”

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for UCSB students and youth.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.