Terry Virts always wanted to be an astronaut, so you might be surprised to learn the former International Space Station commander’s favorite planet is Earth. 

It was when he was farthest away from his home that he best appreciated the beauty of our world, and in A View From Above, he shares that perspective through the stunning photos and videos he took through the station’s 360-degree viewing module. This National Geographic Live! show will arrive at the McCallum Theatre at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28.

The performance is presented through the generosity of Edeltraud M. McCarthy. The North American presenting sponsor of A View from Above with Terry Virts is Office Depot.

Col. Terry Virts served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot, test pilot and NASA astronaut. In February 2010, he made his first spaceflight as pilot of the Space Shuttle Endeavor during mission STS-130. His next launch was on the Russian Soyuz TMA-15M in November 2014 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Most recently, Virts served as commander of the International Space Station during 200 consecutive days in space—one of the longest continuous space missions of any NASA astronaut.
 
He recently directed his first film, One More Orbit—a full-length documentary chronicling the 2019 mission in which he broke the world record for any aircraft circumnavigating the planet over the North and South poles. Virts also appeared in the 2016 IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space that features stunning footage—much of it shot by Virts while aboard (and outside) the International Space Station—of our magnificent blue planet, and humanity’s impact on it. 
 
Virts has taken more photos from space than any other astronaut. His photography, which provides incredible aerial views of Earth and the vast space that surrounds it, is featured in the National Geographic book View From Above, released in October 2017. His follow-up book, How to Astronaut, was released in September 2020. 
 
National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. 
 
Please note that proof of vaccination is required for entry into all McCallum Theatre performances. Masks must be worn at all times. For updated information on health and safety protocols, please visit www.mccallumtheatre.com.
 
Tickets for this performance are priced at $50, $40 and $15. Tickets are available at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.