National Geographic Live

View From Above

Step back, about 220 miles from Earth, and experience our planet from a new perspective.

Gain a deeper understanding of our planet’s beauty, climate and place in the universe from former International Space Station Commander Terry Virts, who took hours of video and hundreds of thousands of still images from the station’s 360-degree viewing module.

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 – one of the longest continuous space missions of any NASA astronaut.

Terry Virts is a pilot and astronaut who has logged over 5,300 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft including the F-16 “Viper” and the Space Shuttle. He has taken more photographs from space than any other astronaut and appeared in the 2016 IMAX film A Beautiful Planet.

Before his presentation at McGlohon Theater, fly over to Discovery Place Science to go beyond earth, learn all about our solar system and meet Terry Virts! How long is a day on Mars, what do you weigh in space and what's your space height? Explore the wonders of the universe by relaxing under the stars in the Star Lab inflatable planetarium and have a look through a telescope. Plus, meet 'n greet Terry Virts at the pre-show!

Terry Virts will begin his presentation in McGlohon Theater at 7:30 p.m., following the pre-show party at Discovery Place Science.

Check-in will be at Tryon St. Admissions.
Cash/credit bars with wine and beer will be available in the Museum, along with light snacks available for purchase. The evening's menu will include:

  • Pan-Fried China Moon Dumplings with Ponzu Sauce (Vegetarian Available)
  • Moon Cheese Raclette Bar -- Warm Melted Raclette Cheese - Mustards - Ham - Crusty Baguettes
  • Flying Saucer Pizzas - by the slice (Shrimp Scampi Pizza and Caprese Pizza - Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Fresh Basil)

Parking fee for Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is not included.

Educators, want to explore outer space with your students?

Terry Virts also will present a daytime school show on Tuesday, January 29, at the McGlohon Theater, followed by an immersive experience at Discovery Place Science. Daytime shows are available at a discounted rate for school groups only.

For details and booking school shows, call 704.372.6261 x300.

Buy Tickets Online Buy Tickets by Phone 704.335.1010
  • All Ages
  • January 29
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • $19 - $39