Colonel Ron Garan, U.S. Astronaut, Social Entrepreneur
Yonkers Native To Speak at Hudson River Museum


Colonel Ron Garan, former NASA astronaut and a Yonkers native who lived and worked in outer space for 178 days, will visit the Hudson River Museum on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6 pm. Garan will speak about his unique perspective of life on earth and answer questions from his audience.

The public is invited and the event is Free.  Tickets are required and must be secured in advance, online at the Museum’s web site: Click on the Garan Event Button. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Ron Garan’s illustrious career has cemented his place as one of the world’s most influential individuals. Highly decorated, the NASA astronaut, fighter pilot, test pilot, humanitarian, and social entrepreneur is the first TED speaker to give a talk from space and Garan is, now, a national and international keynoter.

In 1979 Ron Garan graduated from Yonkers’ Roosevelt High School and went on to SUNY Oneonta, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics. He took Masters degrees in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida.

Garan’s missions include flights on the United States’ Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research lab, where he spent 18 days at the bottom of the ocean.

Before retiring from government service, Ron Garan was detailed to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), leading its effort to develop a collaborative, universal and open-source platform to enable humanitarian organizations across the globe to work together towards mutual goals.

Following his presentation Colonel Garan will sign copies of his book The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles, praised by Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, as a reminder of the pressing challenges “we must face and resolve together through tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation.”  The book available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM ( is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and a multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on 19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.