Susan Chubinskaya, PhD
President, Orthopaedic Research Society
Honoring the 2021 Guest Nation – Korea
Tae-Joon Cho, MD
President, Korean Orthopaedic Research Society
The Guest Nation Program honors our colleagues in South Korea and recognizes their contributions to the field of musculoskeletal research and orthopaedic care.
Colonel (ret) Terry Virts
Colonel (ret) Terry Virts served in the US 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 onboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-15M in November 2014 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Most recently, Terry 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. Terry 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 Terry while aboard (and outside) the International Space Station—of our magnificent blue planet, and humanity’s impact on it.
Terry 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 next book, The Art of Space Travel, is due out in the fall of 2020.
Terry is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Harvard Business School. He is currently traveling the world, inspiring audiences with stories from space as well as his insights into life on earth. As one of only four astronauts to have piloted a Space Shuttle, flown a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, performed space walks, and commanded the ISS, Terry has a unique perspective to share.