Astronaut with local ties gets new view of Earth |

Astronaut with local ties gets new view of Earth

When Garrett Reisman was orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station this year, the man with Nevada County ties didn’t have a “religious experience,” as he put it.

But day after day for three months, as he watched the continents zoom past while he conducted scientific experiments and did maintenance work on the station, something caught his attention and started him thinking.

“I looked down on the horizon and saw how incredibly thin the atmosphere is,” Reisman said. “It’s just this fragile band. … And the oceans are less than one-tenth the height of the atmosphere. You can see that little blue band, and that’s all you get.

“It struck me that everything we think of as the Earth ” trees, waterfalls, fish, people ” it’s just this thin, tiny sliver on the cover of a gigantic rock. The sky and the oceans are not as vast and limitless as I once thought. It’s something we need to take care of.”

Reisman, whose father-in-law David Francis owns Las Katarinas restaurant in Nevada City, will share the spotlight as grand marshal of the city’s Constitution Day Parade with California Masonic leader Richard Wakefield Hopper when the parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday on Broad Street in Nevada City.

Other Constitution Day events start with a Civili War camp set up at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in Pioneer Park, on Nimrod Street; a skirmish re-enactment at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday at the park; the Nevada County Concert Band playing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Broad Street ;and a re-enactment of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Broad.


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