“The Orbital Perspective” – astronaut Ron Garan’s new book

Astronaut Ron Garan shared many wonderful images of earth with the public via social media during his stay aboard the International Space Station. He has now written a book about his time in space and about the special view of earth available from there: The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles.


John Blake Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of The Orbital Perspective: An Astronaut’s View by Colonel Ron Garan. This thrilling narrative explores Garan’s extraordinary life, from fighter pilot turned astronaut and reveals how his life transformed in a way that he could never have foreseen.

Garan’s perspective of life on Earth changed entirely when he became one of only a handful of humans to have seen the stunningly rare and fragile beauty of earth from space. His views of earth as a tiny marble 240 miles below him, led him to see a way forward without divisions of race, nations or religion.

As founder of the ‘Fragile Oasis’ project, Garan aimed to connect the orbital perspective and scientific expertise of astronauts, with those on earth in an attempt to make a difference.

Along the lines of Chris Hadfield’s An Astronauts to Life, this utterly unique memoir combines 177 days spent in space, with a powerful message of the need for optimism, trust and global collaboration in order to sustain our way of life. It asks humanity to come together so as to protect the most valuable space station of all – the Earth.


‘Unique… reminds us of our common humanity and that the pressing challenges we face,
we must face and resolve together’

Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Laureate

The Orbital Perspective by Ron Garan is published by
John Blake Publishing
in hardback on 5th November 2015.