Floating in Darkness

Floating in Darkness, the sequel to Ron’s critically acclaimed first book The Orbital Perspective, adds the perspective of inner space to take the reader on a profound journey of discovery. It addresses fundamental aspects of the evolution of society and humanity and serves as a call to action to help steer the trajectory of our society toward a future we would all want to be a part of.

The Orbital Perspective

For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was transformative. If fifteen nations (some of them former enemies) can work together to create and run the most complex structure ever built in space, why can’t we work together to solve our problems on earth? Garan shows how we can all gain this “orbital perspective” to guide and inspire our efforts to build a better world.

Railroad to the Moon

Have you ever had a dream that felt real? A dream so real that it changed your life forever? That’s exactly what happened to Alexa, a young girl with great curiosity and a wild imagination. Put on your spacesuit and go on a journey with Alexa that starts in the classroom and ends on the moon! This story aims to inspire children to dream big and never stop being curious about space.

About Ron

Astronaut, Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, Humanitarian

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 4 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 ew 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 nance 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 eld 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