Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Terry Virts has had the rare opportunity of looking down on the summit of Everest.
In his podcast interview with me, we talk adventures, from mountains to space.
With quite a few stops in between.
His perspective of crossing over South America – the blue of the sea, the brown of the plains, the white of the Andes, the green of the jungle and then back to the blue of the sea, all in 15 minutes, created a view of the continent as a sliver of the earth. My own ascents of Aconcagua, from the South Face with Paul Teare to a rather quick solo up the original Polish Glacier Route and on to the Southeast Ridge to the summit shone another light on a continent I felt I’d looked down on, but never had the chance to experience from space.
The podcast is at Down To Earth with Terry Virts
We shot video as well, as Terry said, in a secret location, and like myself, in a rare chance to actually talk to someone face-to-face.
His perspective of crossing continents in a few minutes as viewed from space, as opposed to spending months in virtually one place trying to get to the top of each of them, provided a unique juxtaposition and new way of looking at the world.