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Ron Garan Joins Opening Astronaut Panel

The third astronaut on the opening panel has been announced! Ron Garan will join us for the Space Education Summit at 8:00 AM PDT on April 21st. You can register for free now.


Ron Garan is a highly decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot, and active social entrepreneur who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. Ron has spent 178 days in space and has traveled more than 71 million miles during 2,842 orbits of our planet. He flew on both the US space shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, where he accomplished four spacewalks. Ron champions his “orbital perspective” message to improve life on earth. Ron is celebrated not just for his research in space but also for his humanitarian contribution to life on earth.

We can’t wait to hear Ron’s perspective on how we might best prepare students to participate in the growing space economy, and to apply learning from space when solving problems here on Earth. We’re thrilled to have his unique experience as a voice on the panel.

A FREE ONLINE event, the Space Education Summit features an opening panel with astronauts, four concurrent sessions in multiple strands, and a closing capstone session. Hosted by the Human Space Program, the summit focuses on helping more people experience the Overview Effect, benefit from it here on Earth, and become engaged in preparing for humanity’s rapidly approaching multi-planet future. See past sessions and hightlights on our YouTube Channel.


The event is produced in partnership with ARES Learning, EarthScape VR, Ignited Thinkers, and Celestial Citizen.


Learn more about the ARES Learning approach in the book Space Education: Preparing Students for Humanity's Multi-Planet Future by our co-founder Dr. Mark Wagner, and explore a complete Space Education Curriculum developed for high schools - it's a free and open education resource available to students, teachers, and enthusiasts everywhere.


Educators, sign up for online professional development based on the book and curriculum. And be sure to register for the FREE online Space Education Summit on April 21, 2023.


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