The Orbital Perspective is Garan's call to action for global transformation. It's sure to change your perspective.
Alan Boyle - NBC News Science Editor
The Orbital Perspective could wind up being the most important tale ever told from space.
Jeffrey Kluger - Co-author Apollo 13, TIME Editor at Large
His thesis that 'Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe' rings powerfully true.
Publisher's Weekly -
Ron Garan's The Orbital Perspective reminds us of our common humanity and that the pressing challenges we face, we must face and resolve together through tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation.
KOFI ANNAN - Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair, Kofi Annan Foundation
Ron Garan's breakthrough book is one of a kind. Never before has a firsthand account of lessons learned in space been applied to firsthand humanitarian development work on Earth.
JIMMY WALES - Founder of Wikipedia
Astronaut Ron Garan's fabulous book will transport you from the magnificent sense of possibility in outer space to the perspective of a worm on Earth's rich soil...
JACQUELINE NOVOGRATZ - CEO, Acumen, and author of The Blue Sweater
The Orbital Perspective is an inspirational knockout. After reading this book you will refuse to accept the status quo on our planet.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, PH.D. - Heavyweight Champion of the World; Founder, Klitschko Management Group
Put a humanitarian into a spacesuit and keep sending him into space, and books like this are bound to be written. You see, global problems can have a personal solution.
KEITH COWING - Executive Director, Space College Foundation
Astronaut Ron Garan brings us a wonderful call to shift our point of view from local to global, from myopic to orbital.
JASON SILVA - Filmmaker, media artist, and host of National Geographic Channel's Brain Games
This is more than just a book; it is a call to action and a catalyst for a necessary movement. This is a defining book for a defining time in human history.
DANIEL EPSTEIN - Founder and CEO, Unreasonable Group
Ron's focus is on finding new connections and collaborations that cross borders of all sorts that might just allow us to transform the world for the better...
PETER GABRIEL - Musician and a founder of WOMAD, Witness, and The Elders
If nations can join together to build the most complex structure ever built in space, imagine what we can accomplish by working together to overcome the challenges facing us all here on Earth.
Looking back at our planet from space fills us with the realization that each and every one of us is riding through the Universe together on this spaceship we call Earth and that we are all in this together.
We live in a world where the possibilities are only limited by our imagination and our will to act. We do not have to accept the status quo on our planet. It is possible to eliminate the suffering and conflict in our world: Nothing is Impossible. #TheKeyIsWe
Read what people are saying about Ron Garan's The Orbital Perspective - and be prepared for the call to action. #TheKeyIsWe begins with "Me."The Orbital Perspective Message of HOPE on Pinterest
Having enjoyed an illustrious career that has cemented Colonel Ron Garan's place as one of the world's most influential individuals, the iconic father of three is a decorated NASA Astronaut, Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, humanitarian and social entrepreneur.
Part of a select group of individuals who have been fortunate enough to see the world from space, Ron founded the initiative Fragile Oasis, championing his 'Orbital perspective' message to improve life on earth. Named on Google Plus' 'Top 25 Followed' with a social media following of over 3.5 million, Ron is celebrated not just for his research in space, but for his humanitarian contribution to life on earth.
Having travelled more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet, Ron has spent 178 days in space and has accomplished four spacewalks. He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and spent 18 days at the bottom of the ocean during a research mission held in the world's only undersea research lab, Aquarius.
Ron was assigned to the US Agency for International Development, leading the Unity Node project. Their task was to develop a universal, open source platform, enabling humanitarian organisations to work towards mutual goals. In 2007 Ron founded Manna Energy Ltd. Created with the goal of leveraging the $120B/year Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects, Manna Energy Ltd is the first organization in the world to register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit program for water treatment.
From representing Manna Energy Ltd as one of ten global innovators in the field of water purification during the inaugural Launch Water forum, to his role as advisor to the Social Business movement and its founder, Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammad Yunus, Ron continues to work towards a cleaner, safer and more peaceful planet. Ron's breakthrough book The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles, is published by Berrett-Koehler