The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles by Astronaut Ron Garan

The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles

byAstronaut Ron Garan, Muhammad Yunus

Kobo ebook | February 2, 2015

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For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience—one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth.

On space walks and through windows, Garan was struck by the stunning beauty of the Earth from space but sobered by knowing how much needed to be done to help this troubled planet. And yet on the International Space Station, Garan, a former fighter pilot, was working work side by side with Russians, who only a few years before were “the enemy.” If fifteen nationalities could collaborate on one of the most ambitious, technologically complicated undertakings in history, surely we can apply that kind of cooperation and innovation toward creating a better world. That spirit is what Garan calls the “orbital perspective.”

Garan vividly conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people in an environment only a handful of human beings have ever known. But more importantly, he describes how he and others are working to apply the orbital perspective here at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace and combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction. This book is a call to action for each of us to care for the most important space station of all: planet Earth. You don't need to be an astronaut to have the orbital perspective. Garan's message of elevated empathy is an inspiration to all who seek a better world.

Title:The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million MilesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 2, 2015Publisher:Berrett-Koehler PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626562482

ISBN - 13:9781626562486


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leadership, Hope, and a Call to Action This story is a fascinating look at the barriers faced today as we all try, win, and fail, at solving the world’s biggest problems. Ron writes about the success of the International Space Shuttle (ISS), a collaboration of 15 countries across the world and how it came to be. His experiences at the ISS, and its incredible views, help him develop a realization that nothing is impossible. What happens once we realize that as human beings “our sphere of influence is in fact global”? Of course. The orbital perspective. The Orbital Perspective also left me thinking deeply about the actions we all take as we try to solve our biggest problems. Who do we ask to join us in the journey and why? My favorite part? As a child of the 80s who grew up watching the space shuttle rocket up into space, all of it. "The Orbital Perspective" is a story of hope, awareness, realizations and accomplishments. I highly recommend reading this book and delving deeper into the work that Ron Garan and others are involved with. And, if you can, try it from the comfort of a window seat of a 747, 36,000 miles up, with a view of the sun setting on the horizon. It is nothing short of spectacular.
Date published: 2015-03-10