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The International Space Station is a marvel of engineering and human aspirations. Over 270 astronauts from all over the world have visited it during its more than 25 years in orbit around the Earth. Although it has played host to an amazing 269 spacewalks, its primary function is that of a space laboratory where cutting-edge research has been carried out, illuminating the distant corners of the galaxy. The station's select astronaut occupants are treated to breathtaking views, including 16 sunrises and sunsets daily as it swiftly circles the planet in 92 minutes.

Retired NASA Commander Terry Virts indulged his passion for photography one last time on his final day on the International Space Station in 2015 to take a picture of the ancient view of the pyramids.

The pyramids, which appear remarkably massive and sturdy, are peered upon in this breathtaking image. As remarkable as the International Space Station (ISS) was in its day, these ancient marvels were as remarkable as any human achievement of the millennium. Their building blocks are visible, but they blend into the nearby sand. The vista is truly amazing from space. At the time, Virts told Time Magazine, "I was ready to stay up there because there were pictures I wanted to take, there were videos I wanted to do."

"You have to consider space travel to be your final trip if you're an astronaut. Therefore, you should enjoy it. I still have the remainder of my life to live on Earth."

Virts had a successful career in the US Air Force and at NASA. Terry said, "I was hooked at a very young age. I grew up with space, rocket, and galaxy posters hanging on my wall. I used to love astronomy even back then, having read about it in magazines. I even had a telescope from my parents when I was in sixth grade." When he was a teenager, reading the well-known book The Right Stuff inspired him to pursue a career.

"The view was undoubtedly my favourite aspect of being in space," Virts stated in 2023 to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. 

Someone had to count up the images I took, and they told me that I had taken the most pictures ever in space. People always ask me if I would go back, and I tell them I would if I could make a movie. Seeing the Aurora Borealis is rare and it was amazing. I also enjoyed seeing the galaxy at night with so many stars, different deserts, the Bahamas and the colouration of the planet.” 

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