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Ron Garan
Oct 29
Had a great talk today about commercial spaceflight w/ +Ashleigh Banfield & +Miles O'Brien  on +CNN  Will be on again tomorrow ~ 12pm ET to continue the conversation....
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Ron Garan
Oct 24
Congrats to  +Alan Eustace  Jump From Stratosphere sets new record http://nyti.ms/1D7L3MV #AWESOME  
Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record - NYTimes.com
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Ron Garan
Oct 22
From Space to The Ray D'Arcy Show!
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Ron Garan
Oct 17
Really enjoyed speaking to the next generation of explorers last week in the UK:
Astronaut takes one giant leap into Leeds school
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Ron Garan
Oct 9
BLOG: Leland Melvin shares his incredible journey to space & how he gained the Orbital Perspective from 330 km above Earth #Space
Breaking Bread
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Ron Garan
Sep 23
The positive impact you have on the world may start with just one person. But we must remember that the ripple effect of millions of small changes that are made around the world will eventually become a tidal wave of change. Do something today, no matter how small, that will make a difference. #‎BeTheChange‬ ‪#‎2030NOW‬

shsta.co/FlyMeToSpace
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Ron Garan
Sep 17
APPLY TO FLY TO SPACE, FOR REAL
Earthlings! Remember our little-kid dreams of flying to space? Something out-of-this-world is happening! There is now a contest where you can apply to fly to space, for real! Srsly! +Spaceship Earth Grants is going to send someone(s) to space for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain an "orbital perspective" and come home to share it with the world!

ASTRO-ARTISTS
That's my favorite part about this project, the winner(s) will be picked based on how they say they would share their newfound experience. It's like they're looking for an astronaut artist! A storyteller! A painter! A photographer! A musician! A blogger! A dancer! Anyone who can translate the remarkable feeling for the rest of humankind!

IF I COULD FLY TO SPACE
Sadly, I'm not eligible for this contest because I've happily been behind the scenes on this project (because my favorite astronaut +Ron Garan invited me) to lend some ideas and creativity to the campaign! I'm also a judge, woo!! But if I was allowed to apply... Here's what I would say:

"If I could fly to space, sit among the stars, feel the weight of the world lifted off my shoulders as I float with a freedom reserved for angels and a lucky few... I think I'd hear the notes of the galaxy whispering in my heart, rearranging themselves into a celestial melody that I'd hum until my earthling feet touched back on my home-ground, where I would sing for the whole world, my space-inspired "orbital perspective" song. Music is a universal language that I trust could express the emotion and elation and revelation of my otherworldly trip, it would echo off the internet and emanate through earbuds and reverberate through rippling goosebumps with shared wonder of people all over the world. Yes I would share my experience through music and the internet and make a megaphone to recreate this magical moment with everyone."

APPLY NOW
Anyone can enter and the coolest part is that the more people apply, the more can fly! They will send 1 out of every 50,000 applicants! That's craziness! Also a bunch of the earliest applicants will be eligible for special prizes like weightless flights (I hope I get to do one of those!!) and other cool stuff. Go for it aspiring-astro-explorers! You can apply right here: https://www.spaceshipearthgrants.com

XO, Daria

#flymetospace  
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Ron Garan
Sep 16
What a remarkable opportunity to become a Co-Executive Producer of a documentary film, with listings in IMDB and elsewhere.

You also get to become a Singularitian with special VIP access to a one-week conference at Singularity University. Skip the application process. 

This opportunity is also tax deductible!
The University - Feature Documentary
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Ron Garan
Sep 15
"The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us" - RW Emerson
What do you think you will see from #space? www.spaceshipearthgrants.com #FlyMeToSpace  
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Ron Garan
Sep 11
What International Development can Learn from Space Travel http://ow.ly/BnMNK 
What International Development Can Learn from Space Travel
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Ron Garan
Sep 9
Well worth a minute of your time. Do you think seeing this every day could change your perspective?

http://bit.ly/Yuyq1T
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Ron Garan
Aug 29
#IraqCrisis +Medair  responds to human suffering in northern Iraq.

Here's some photos from on the ground:  http://on.fb.me/1lA68x0

And here's how to help http://shar.es/11gjVf
IRAQ EMERGENCY UPDATE: Photos from on the ground | Facebook
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Ron Garan
Aug 18
From the orbital perspective, there we are, all 7.1 billion human passengers on Spaceship Earth, sharing the nights and the days, reaping the harvest of the seeds we have sown. #TheKeyIsWe    Photo credit to +NASA  astronaut Reid Wiseman, currently one of a crew of six living and working together onboard the International Space Station.
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Ron Garan
Aug 10
Putting on the finishing touches :)

http://bit.ly/orbitalperspective
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Ron Garan
Aug 6
T-minus-31 minutes & counting to the @awb_org hangout on air bit.ly/1qQsTPn 
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Ron Garan
Aug 2
Yup!
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Ron Garan
Jul 25
#Gaza by way of #NASA via Megan Garber @ +The Atlantic  http://theatln.tc/1rD1myS 
Gaza, by Way of NASA
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Ron Garan
Jul 20
NASA TV will replay humanity’s first steps on the moon at 10:39 p.m. EDT. You can watch at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv ‪#‎Apollo45‬ ‪#‎Apollo11‬
NASA TV
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Ron Garan
Jul 20
Do we look back with wistfulness, or do we move forward with purpose - together? #Apollo45
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Ron Garan
Jul 13
Moonrise over our home planet. Credit:@NASA
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Ron Garan
Jul 10
This is one of my favorite Space Shuttle pictures. I took it over Long Island (The other Long Island) as the last Space Shuttle to fly (Atlantis) approached the International Space Station
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Ron Garan
Jul 4
Red White & Blue for the 4th of July http://twitpic.com/5yz1r2 
This is what the Moon looked like 16 times today #FromSpace We had simultaneous sunsets + moonsets - via @Astro_Ron
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Ron Garan
Jun 24
Just got a sat-call from Alaska- +Wasfia Nazreen  raised the Bangladeshi flag on the summit of Denali, Monday 23 June at 6:20pm Alaska time. That was the first Bangladeshi ascent of Denali/McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. She wanted me to pass on that it has been quite a treacherous journey and she’s grateful for everyone who supported her along the way. More soon when she reaches base camp safely. 
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Ron Garan
Jun 19
Cool! Just got a sat-call from +Wasfia Nazreen  climbing Denali They are waiting @ camp 14 (2nd to last camp before the summit) for the wind & snow conditions to improve before their summit push.

She asked me to pass on that everyone is doing brilliant and unaffected from the recent earthquake on Denali

They hope to be at high camp in a couple of days
https://www.facebook.com/BangladeshOnSevenSummits
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Ron Garan
Jun 12
Space Station Astronauts Log One Million Photos : DNews
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Ron Garan
Oct 28
About to go on live at +BBC Radio 5 live 
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Ron Garan
Oct 22
 One Young World originally shared this post.
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Ron Garan
Oct 19
Ground Control to Major Ron - Former NASA astronaut says planet is 'beautiful and fragile' - Independent.ie
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Ron Garan
Oct 15

2 humans are "walking" in the vacuum of space right now You can watch live @ http://1.usa.gov/1u4Pi76 
NASA TV
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Ron Garan
Sep 26
You can hear an interview I did w/ Alan Taylor of +Popular Science Radio about +Spaceship Earth Grants  here:  
Part-1: http://bit.ly/1oltZfI  
Part-2: http://bit.ly/1oluaYr 
bit.ly/1oltZfI
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Ron Garan
Sep 19
 Spaceship Earth Grants originally shared this post.
Ever dream of looking back at planet Earth from the perspective of an astronaut in space? #SpaceshipEarth Grants can make YOUR dream come true. Apply To Fly to #space (and back!) shsta.co/FlyMeToSpace 
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Ron Garan
Sep 17
 Spaceship Earth Grants originally shared this post.
"One thing is clear from up here: everything is connected to everything else on that planet." -- astronaut Alexander Gerst (@astro_alex), one of the current residents of the International Space Station
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Ron Garan
Sep 16
 Spaceship Earth Grants originally shared this post.
If you had the opportunity to go to space and look at our mother earth like never before, your first words would be ____, ____ & ____. #FlyMeToSpace
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Ron Garan
Sep 15
 Spaceship Earth Grants originally shared this post.
Live your dream. Apply to Fly to Space! #FlyMeToSpace
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Ron Garan
Sep 10
To all the videographers & photographers out there, is it OK to use the term "pan back" figuratively (as in zoom out)
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Ron Garan
Aug 29
 NASA originally shared this post.
After delivering almost three tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the crew of the International Space Station, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the SS Janice Voss, left the station on Friday, Aug. 15.

Ground controllers in the Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston detached Cygnus from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module and maneuver it into release position. With the assistance of NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman, Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency then used the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, operated from the station’s cupola robotics workstation, to release Cygnus.

Once the spacecraft was a safe distance from the station, its engines fired twice Sunday, Aug. 17, pushing it into Earth's atmosphere where it burned up over the Pacific Ocean. Station crew members had an opportunity to photograph Cygnus' fiery reentry back to Earth, gathering engineering data that could be applied to the entry path of the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship in January 2015.

Credit: NASA
#nasa #cygnus #orbitalsciences #iss #space #spacestation
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Ron Garan
Aug 19
Thanks  Christina Demuth for the nomination!

Over to you +Nick Skytland, Mike Fossum and  +Chris Stott 
ALS Ice Bucket

#alsicebucketchallenge  
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Ron Garan
Aug 15
Happy #IndianIndependence Day to the 1.2 billion Earthlings of #India ! #ISS  #India68
Twitter / FragileOasis: Happy Independence Day to the ...
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Ron Garan
Aug 9
+Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz, his VASIMR engine and the benefits to humanity...
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Ron Garan
Aug 5
 Astronomers Without Borders originally shared this post.
Astronauts Ron Garan and Anousheh Ansari join us for this special AWB Hangout, "Astronomy In the Development of STEM Education". Though often neglected in traditional educational systems, astronomy is an ideal way to present science and other technical fields in schools. With limited resources, especially in developing countries, astronomy offers an accessible "laboratory" in a subject that already fascinates children. AWB's Telescopes to Tanzania is just one example of how astronomy is used to promote science learning and curriculum-building in developing countries. This panel discussion will look at how astronomy has been used for development and the opportunities that remain.

Guests:
Ron Garan is a former astronaut, aquanaut, and test pilot who is also an entrepreneur. He has founded multiple companies and socially-focused organizations. His social media following of 3.6 million makes him one of Google Plus’ “Top 25 Followed”, and a Kred “Top 1% Influencer”.

Anousheh Ansari was a co-sponsor of the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the first private launch of a reusable manned spacecraft, and the first female private space explorer. She is a serial entrepreneur and currently the chairman of Prodea Systems which she co-founded.

Kevin Govender is the Director of the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development in South Africa, which was created to use astronomy to make the world a better place.

Mponda Malozo is an environmentalist in Tanzania who also works with the educational system as a science consultant promotes astronomy through outreach activities. He is the Tanzania Coordinator of the Universe Awareness Foundation and a project manager for AWB's Telescopes to Tanzania.
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Ron Garan
Jul 25
 Fragile Oasis originally shared this post.
From the orbital perspective, there we are, all 7.1 billion human passengers on Spaceship Earth, sharing the nights and the days, reaping the harvest of the seeds we have sown. #TheKeyIsWe    Photo credit to +NASA  astronaut Reid Wiseman, currently one of a crew of six living and working together onboard the International Space Station.
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Ron Garan
Jul 23
Here's a sobering RT #FromSpace  RT @Astro_Alex My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions & rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel pic.twitter.com/jNGWxHilSy
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Ron Garan
Jul 20
My new favorite watersport - Got some Flyboard lessons from 1 of the best flyboarders in the world,  Power Up Watersports'  +Ben Merrell  Try it! http://bit.ly/1n0WJNx
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Ron Garan
Jul 16
 Daria Musk originally shared this post.
TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT
Hey G+niuses, the show start in less than two hours! I'm so nervousexcitedgrateful! Watch and join live at: bit.ly/1nq6BQT  

I can't wait to see your beautifulamazing faces fill my screen!
XO, Daria

Ps. Apparently the pre-hangout jitters make my wordsruntogether ;)

#hangoutiversary   #amplifyyourdreams    #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #tonight   #live  
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Ron Garan
Jul 11
+Astronomers Without Borders  builds minds & bring smiles

Check out the #TelescopesToTanzania project

http://bit.ly/1jA9HCy
Telescopes to Tanzania
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Ron Garan
Jul 10
 Fragile Oasis originally shared this post.
Set wide the window. It's all waiting out there. Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev invites us from the International Space Station. 
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Ron Garan
Jul 3
 Fragile Oasis originally shared this post.
Tropical Storm #Arthur Wednesday morning moving north along the Florida coast. The U.S. National Weather Hurricane Center is anticipating the first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic season will strengthen to hurricane force sometime today. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until 30 November. Photo credit: NASA
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Ron Garan
Jun 21
 Fragile Oasis originally shared this post.
Hello Australia. Happy #solstice to all our southern hemisphere friends!
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Ron Garan
Jun 14
Here's another unreasonable blog post


+Unreasonable Institute  
Borders From Space
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Ron Garan
Jun 8
Tomorrow +Wasfia Nazreen  starts her climb to the highest peak in North America. Today I will speak with her about her reasons for doing it and we'll talk about her "Bangladesh on Seven Summits Foundation" which aims to develop vital education programs, employment and outdoor training for at-risk adolescent girls in Bangladesh and Nepal. 
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