Floating in Darkness

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Floating in Darkness: A Journey of Evolution

The true story of the life journey of a combat fighter pilot and astronaut. An adventure that illuminates a path toward understanding the meaning of life and our place in the universe.

Humanity faces an unprecedented crisis that threatens all life on Earth. Desert Storm fighter pilot and NASA astronaut Ron Garan addresses this head-on in Floating in Darkness: A Journey of Evolution, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed first book, The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles.

Ron takes us on an extraordinary journey through outer space and inner space. He explores the dancing, intersecting orbits of religion, spirituality, and science while grappling with his own role in the violence of combat and the effects of war on all aspects of human life. We witness Ron struggling with mortality while also basking in the sheer wonder and beauty of our world and beyond.

From this perspective, Ron maps out a viable path forward--to solve our crisis, we need a giant leap in humanity's evolutionary process. We must transcend individual and collective ego and embrace the true nature of our interdependence with this fragile planet and all life within its biosphere. Ron shows us how to discover our purpose, detoxify our divisive culture, and become a "white blood cell" in a growing immune response to heal our world.

Floating in Darkness is a blueprint to build a restorative and positive future for all.

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Original Artwork from Space


“I-SOAR” depicts the true nature of the real world. It establishes not only that we are all deeply interconnected—we are also deeply interdependent.

Painting of planet by astronaut Ron Garan

Royal Wedding

This painting is based on a photo I took and tweeted near sunset on the eve of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Astronaut painting in space


Perspective (aka Space Selfie) is a composition about perspective. This piece was inspired by a photograph I took during a spacewalk on the STS-124 mission.

space and planet paintings by artist ron garan


Spending months in space I can pinpoint specific moments when I wasn’t just looking down at the Earth, I was looking at a planet hanging in the blackness of space.

original artwork of space by astronaut Ron Garan

Crossing The Terminator

One of the most unique and magical parts of being in space is watching that line that defines the delineation between night and day pass gently below us.