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If 15 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 audiobook 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.
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By Sean D. Mcclinton on 04-17-15
I had high hopes for this one, but it fell far short. What I enjoyed were Ron'a first hand stories about being in space. His point about the experience being profound to the point he felt he needed to take action was well taken. But, from there it was all fluff. I would expect an astronaut to be a great engineer, scientist, etc. I felt like his core message was "the world has problems and we need to work together to fix them." This is a message I've heard so many times before it was nothing new. I think the biggest problem is he spent most of his time telling us what we should do rather than talking about what he did as a result of going into space. Not that he didn't say anything, but there was only brief mention of the actions he took, how and why being in space motivated him to take those actions, and what the experience in space was like. It just seemed like he was trying to be a jack of all trades and saying problems are easy to solve, you just need to do something. That's not a message that's compelling. Anyway, Ron if you're reading this consider writing your next book about what exactly it is you've done, why you did it, how you did it, and exactly how it related and was intertwined with your experiences in space.
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