Ron Garan

Astronaut, social entrepreneur and author of "The Orbital Perspective"

Col. Ron Garan (USAF ret.), author of The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles (Berrett-Koehler), is a decorated fighter pilot, astronaut, aquanaut, artist and entrepreneur. He has logged 178 days in space and 71 million miles in orbit. He is the founder of the nonprofit social enterprise incubator Manna Energy Foundation and has worked with the US Agency for International Development. Col. Garan is also the founder of Fragile Oasis (, an effort to use the orbital perspective to inspire positive social and environmental action. For more information please visit