Ron Garan

Former NASA astronaut and highly decorated combat fighter Ron Garan racked up 178 days in space and more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits between between tours on the International Space Station, flying on both the US Space Shuttle and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. During his time in space Ron conducted four spacewalks in support of ISS construction and maintenance. Prior to those space journeys, he lived and conducted research on the bottom of the ocean in the world’s only undersea research lab, Aquarius. Before reaching the summit of his career, Ron, a former test pilot and graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, taught hundreds of elite pilots how to fly at the prestigious USAF Fighter Weapons School, the Air Force version of Top Gun. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Orbital Perspective and the upcoming books, Floating in Darkness – A Journey of Evolution and Railroad to the Moon. Today, Ron is celebrated for his research in space and for his humanitarian contribution to life on Earth. 

3 words to describe Nature? 

Implicit. Natural. Wholeness

3 things Nature taught you? 

To be still

To be quiet

To be grateful

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Boulder Flatirons

Zion National Park 

Rain forests of Costa Rica

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 


When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

One with the biosphere

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

The certainty that I am part of a much bigger picture.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

As if I am watching life's expression that it's grateful to be alive

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Connected to the primordial

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 


Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

I am a person who strives to keep the focus on the continuum that links all those ecosystems and more

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 


Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

I have fond memories of trading a day-to-day life in the city to camping with the Boy Scouts in the NY Adirondacks.