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National Geographic’s touring speaker series comes to Mesa Arts Center

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Astronaut Terry Virts to speak at Mesa Arts Center, part of National Geographic Live series. (Courtesy of Terry Virts)

National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and Mesa Arts Center announce “View from Above” with Terry Virts, a celebrated NASA astronaut and National Geographic author. Virts will share his unique stories and stunning photographs taken from a place many will never visit — space. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater.

As a NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour and crew member on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Virts spent 200 consecutive days in space as commander of the International Space Station—one of the longest continuous space mission of any NASA astronaut.

More recently, Virts 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. His photography, which provides incredible aerial views of Earth and the vast space that surrounds it, is featured in a new National Geographic book, “VIEW FROM ABOVE: An Astronaut Photographs the World,” which is available wherever books are sold.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad 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, Florence 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. For more information, visit natgeolive.com.

For tickets and information, call 480-644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com.

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