The Orbital Perspective

The Orbital Perspective

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  • Joel Bailey


  • Ronald Garan
  • Barry Kibrick

After spending 170 days and 71 million miles in orbit on the International Space Station, astronaut Ron Garan had a transformative experience.

For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station is a powerful, transformative experience. On space walks and through windows, Garan is struck by the stunning beauty of the Earth from space, but sobered by knowing how much needs to be done to help this troubled planet. Working side by side with 15 different nationalities on one of the most ambitious and technologically complicated undertakings in history, Garan, a former fighter pilot, comes to believe that he can apply that kind of cooperation and innovation toward creating a better world. That spirit is what Garan calls the “orbital perspective.” He and others have begun working to apply the orbital perspective at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace and combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction.

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