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Astronaut Ron Garan takes a higher view in The Orbital Perspective

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When Leonard Nimoy passed away, it wasn’t just Star Trek fans who mourned. Condolences poured from NASA and the White House, from scientists, engineers and astronauts the world over, from powerful, important and influential people whose lives had been touched by the series and Nimoy’s iconic portrayal of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s ever-logical first officer. If the outpouring of sentiment over Nimoy’s passing proved one thing, it was this: the nerds who were so picked-upon for decades thanks to their devotion to all things science-y are no longer consigned to the shadowy depths of their parents’ basements. In other words, the geeks have inherited the Earth. And now, an actual visitor to space has moved beyond physics and towards philosophy with…

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