Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: The Orbital Perspective by Astronaut Ron Garan


Astronaut Ron Garan has spent 178 days in space, traveling 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet. During his time in space, looking down at the planet Earth below, Garan's perspective of this world we live in evolved.
"When we look down from an orbital perspective, we realize that each and every one of us is riding through the universe together on this spaceship that we call Earth, that we're all interconnected, that we're all in this together, and that we're all family." ~ Astronaut Ron Garan
In his experience with the space program and his time on the International Space Station, he saw the way that nations were able to put their differences aside, joining together to build the most complex structure ever built in space. Yet, oftentimes, our differences are what make it impossible to work together in this way here on Earth. So much could be accomplished if nations and people could look to the common good, rather than their own gain.

The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles is Ron Garan's call to action. He shares stories of his own, of the space program and of humanitarians around the world who are making connections and collaborating together to address challenges on Earth. He shows how governments, organizations and individuals can come together, overcome their differences and have a positive impact on our world.

As far as the book itself goes, I found that I enjoyed some chapters more than others. The history of the space program and the collaboration between Russia and the U.S. was interesting, as were the stories of Garan's experiences in space. Some chapters were a bit more dry, and I found the use of the phrase "orbital perspective" to be quite repetitive after a while. But Garan's message is clear and important, and I hope that it will take flight around the world.

My Rating: 3/5

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May’s theme for the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion campaign is CONNECTION, which is what Ron Garan's message is all about. If you’d like to read other blog posts on the topic of Connection and Compassion, click here. #1000Speak

This review was written based on a copy of The Orbital Perspective that I received from FSB Associates in exchange for an honest review. This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. If you use one of these links to make a purchase, I will receive a very small commission but your price will not change.

2 comments:

  1. I love the points you highlighted from Ron Garan's book in this post. I haven't read it, but I especially like the part you mentioned about how much more the world could accomplish if we simply worked together. It's kind of mind-blowing to think about really. No more competition to be the first to accomplish something - no more spying on each other's progress. If all the great minds of the world would combine and work together, we just might discover a cure or cancer or alzheimer's or any number of terrible things Your post - Ron's thoughts - really have me dreaming and wishing. Love when that happens! Thank you! :)

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    1. I felt the same way while reading this book. It's amazing how nations were able to work together so easily when we were dealing with space, a place with no borders. It would be amazing if we could all find that way to collaborate here on Earth.

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