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Join the Orbital Perspective Launch Crew

I am really excited to report that we are fast approaching the official release of The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles, the book I wanted to write since returning to Earth from my first space mission in 2008. Launching on Space Shuttle Discovery fulfilled a lifelong dream. It also ...Keep Reading

Pilgrims Progress

On September 6, 1620, a ship with her passengers and crew set sail from Plymouth Harbor in England on a 3,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the "new world," planning to drop anchor where eleven years earlier the explorer Henry Hudson sailed in what is now New York Harbor, at the mouth of the river that bears his name ...Keep Reading

Bangladesh on Seven Summits

It has been a little more than two years since I felt called to embark on this journey - to walk to the highest point of every continent - in an effort to put my nation of Bangladesh and her women in a more positive light in the eyes of the world. Bangladesh in southern Asia from the orbital perspective ...Keep Reading

Innovation is Risky Business

I hear the word innovation constantly. The word is used in advertising, business plans, and countless seminars and conferences. Although there are cases of misuse and overuse for sure, I believe the reason why we hear the word innovation so much is because what is needed at this moment in history is, in fact, innovation. That is, innovation defined as ...Keep Reading

Seeing Earth From Space

We all have moments in our lives where something shifts, clicks into place. For me it was in June of 2008, when I clamped my feet to the end of the robotic Canadarm-2 on the International Space Station. With me firmly attached to the end, the arm was flown through a maneuver that we called the “windshield wiper,” which took ...Keep Reading

#TheKeyIsWe +SocialGood

I launched into space on my last mission with a belief that we have all the resources and all the technology necessary to solve many if not all of the problems facing our world, yet nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean water, countless go to bed hungry every night and many die from completely curable and preventable ...Keep Reading

The Fragile Oasis Prize Medal Winners

Today, on the 44th anniversary of humanity's first steps on the Moon and the 3rd anniversary of Fragile Oasis as a platform for collaboration, we are thrilled to announce that three community nominated projects have earned the Fragile Oasis Prize Medal for making a positive impact in Education, Humanitarian Service and Peace. Of the 120 projects submitted from all over ...Keep Reading

Making An Impact - The Fragile Oasis Prize Medal Nominees

The Fragile Oasis community was established to unite crewmembers on the spaceship we call Earth in the common goal of sharing our humanity and improving our world. Its purpose is to inspire, recognize, and help each other in our collective quest to make life better on our planet. One of the many videos I shot with a webcam during Expedition ...Keep Reading

The British Are Waiting

On July 4, 1776, a fleet of British naval ships was waiting in New York Harbor as the representatives of the 13 American colonies gathered in Philadelphia to declare their independence from Great Britain. A few days later, two frigates raised anchor, and with guns blazing charged up the Hudson River passing fortifications on the New York and New Jersey ...Keep Reading

Music on the Spectrum

There is always someone playing music somewhere! Recently, I was lucky to see the spectrum from one end to the other. First, I played onstage with the traditional Irish band The Chieftains at the Houston Symphony. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfied joined us from aboard the International Space Station. Chris has been my friend, a fellow astronaut and a fellow band ...Keep Reading