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Astronaut +Ron Garan:  "I believe as somebody who has fought in combat and spent 25 years in the military... #war  is humanity’s greatest failure." ‪ #TheKeyIsWe   #OrbitalPerspective  
Astronaut Ron Garan opens up about the devastating effects of war on our planet. Interview at AOL HQ in NYC for AOL BUILD. (Photo credit: Getty) 
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+frosty pablo I'll take the ideology over the blood and pain of war every day of the week.
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Florida and Cuba waking up with the dawn 5 April 2015, from the #OrbitalPerspective of astronauts and cosmonauts living and working together in space. Credit: NASA
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+Thomas Kindig It is not about blame. It is about justice and freedom for the Cuban people. We are truly alive when we empathize and help those who are brutalized and persecuted. We cannot close our eyes to the ongoing human rights abuses in Cuba.

Freedom for Cuba!
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A good reason to be an early riser!  #OrbitalPerspective Image credit: NASA
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One star among billions (and billions) 28 March 2015. #OrbitalPerspective Credit: NASA
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Quite the spectacle don't you think? #Earth   #Awe  The #OrbitalPerspective  of a human living and working onboard the International Space Station 26 March 2015 Credit: NASA
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It sure is stunning!
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Leonard Nimoy leaves us starstruck. For that, and for him, we are grateful. "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. ‪ #LLAP  " +Samantha Cristoforetti 
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Friends, astronaut +Ron Garan is returning to +NASA's Kennedy Space Center today  Friday, April 17 where he will stop by the Shuttle Express Shop in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit to sign copies of his remarkable book The #OrbitalPerspective from 2:30-3:30PM EDT - the perfect location for this astronaut whose thrilling spacewalk during Atlantis' final mission helped close out the Space Shuttle era -- and usher in a new one. If you are in the area, please stop by - Ron would love to see you!
1 year ago today Mike Fossum radioed back to Earth,  

"That's the great thing about spaceflight. One day you're outside spacewalking, doing the most outrageous things humans have ever done. The next day you're fixing toilets." 

So I thought I’d post some more pictures from our spacewalks. This time from the STS-124 mission. 

It also reminded me that next week I will be participating on the #BeyondWaste forum that seeks to help solve the waste problem on our planet:
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Sunrise. Moon set. 21 March 2015 from the #OrbitalPerspective of astronauts and cosmonauts living and working together on board the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Good Easter morning! Sunrise from the #OrbitalPerspective  of humans living and working in space. Image credit: NASA
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So much of life off the planet mirrors the same joys and frustrations we humans experience on the planet. Take driving into the setting sun for example. Image credit: NASA, photo taken by a human living and working onboard the International Space Station 23 March 2015. 
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+Ron Garan discusses with  +ABC News' +David Kerley what he most wants to fix here on Earth. Do you agree it's where to start? ‬ ‪#‎OrbitalPerspective‬ ‪#‎TheKeyIsWe 
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When I buy his book, I will read it... but comparing our diverse world, with dominating left-side goals, and suppressed science can only be fixed with basic ramifications, without toppling domino effects.
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A lot going on over Australia during a late summer morning, from the‪ #OrbitalPerspective‬ of astronauts and cosmonauts living and working together in space.
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This is quite the most sublime image of our atmosphere's beauty I think I've ever seen. 
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Connecting Space and Earth. Learn. Act. Make A Difference.

Fragile Oasis is the grassroots initiative that connects the orbital perspective of astronauts and cosmonauts who live and work together in space with people who want to make a difference on Earth.

These are our goals:
  • Use the unique orbital perspective to inspire people to improve life on our planet
  • Get the word out that the International Space Station is an incredible global asset
  • Highlight the advances in science and technology that are improving life on Earth
  • Inspire students to academic excellence
  • Give people the opportunity to experience living and working in space through the experiences of crewmembers living and working onboard the International Space Station, not just as spectators but as fellow crewmembers traveling the universe together on the spaceship we call Earth.
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