The second part of the book describes what the orbital perspective is. If it had a single moment of birth for Garan, it was when he looked down on the nightside of Earth to see the border between India and Pakistan, an illuminated line as if drawn on a globe, dividing two nations in longstanding conflict.
He writes:. But looking down and seeing a border…recognizing the undeniable and sobering contradiction between the staggering beauty of our planet and the unfortunate realities of life on our planet for many of its inhabitants, also inspires empathy for the struggles that all people face. The final part of the book recounts stories of people putting their empathy to practical use, and there are examples from NASA.
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One example is the flight surgeons and psychologists with expertise in keeping isolated astronauts healthy on long-duration flights working with the Chilean government during its months-long effort to rescue the miners trapped underground in Agency for International Development to get actionable information in many different areas, from crop irrigation to disaster relief, to the leadership of developing countries.
Garan also provides examples from nongovernmental charities he has worked with. But read it for yourself anyway, and you might just learn something useful. It helps NSS and does not cost you a cent!
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Annan Nobel Peace Laureate. Though exploration in space led Garan to many new frontiers, perhaps his most important discovery came in the form of a parallel reality.
If fifteen nationalities could collaborate on one of the most ambitious missions in history, then surely, we could apply that level of cooperation and innovation to creating a better world. While every great achievement starts with a great idea, ideas without action are empty. Featuring a color photo insert of pictures from his space missions on the ISS, this book is a call to action for each of us to engage the orbital perspective on the ground with the most important mission of all: saving planet Earth.
Garan shares how working with the diverse group of astronauts on the ISS inspired him and others to use the orbital perspective to collaborate in the fights to stop hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction.
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Ron Garan has certainly done that. The first TED speaker to ever give a talk from space, Garan is a frequent keynote speaker. Garan right with Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus. Cookies are required for this website to present certain basic features.
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