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They Saw Earth From Space. Here’s How It Changed Them


For most of us, Earth is inescapably larger than life. Even now, after nearly six decades of human spaceflight, precious few people have rocketed into orbit and seen the sun peeking out from behind that curved horizon. Since 1961, a mere 556 people have had this rarefied experience. Fewer, just 24, have watched Earth shrink in the distance, growing smaller and smaller until it was no larger than the face of a wristwatch. And only six have been completely alone behind the far side of the moon, cut off from a view of our planet as they sailed in an endlessly deep, star-studded sea.

“I thought at one point, if you could be up in heaven, this is how you would see the planet. And then I dwelled on that and said, no, it’s more beautiful than that...
This is what heaven must look like. I think of our planet as a paradise. We are very lucky to be here.”
-- Mike Massimino

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The Overview Effect

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Earthviews from Astronauts

Ride along --- http://vimeo.com/55073825

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SpaceVR, SpaceX to launch VR camera into space, bringing the 'Overview' astronaut experience to all

"I read a book called The Overview Effect. It's about this thing that happens to astronauts. When they go into space, they have this really deep, emotional feeling, it's almost like they're awakening to the universe..."


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New Ways of Seeing



Overview's Cognitive Shift


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The Mind of the Future

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Ontological design implies that there’s this hermeneutic circle in the sense of mind emerges into feedback loops between brains, tools, and environments... witnessing the power of our creative and linguistic choices... Even the words we're using to describe, to map our experience were being fed back into our experience. And it’s just a reminder of the sort of dizzying freedom that we have to compose our lives, to compose our experience.

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... to acquire "the view" may well foreshadow what some scientists contend could be the next wave of the evolution in human consciousness.

The phenomenon, called the "Overview Effect," refers to epiphanies reported by many astronauts who have had their world views reconfigured by looking back on Earth's "blue marble" from the wilderness of space.

Profoundly affected by the sight of a gossamer-thin atmosphere protecting a natural splendor unsullied by political boundaries, a number of astronauts have returned home committed to sharing new ideas about human unity and ecological solutions for dwindling resources....

A View from a Wise Man

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Overview Effect by Anders Rostad


Overview Effect viewed by Jason Silva


‘Overview’ and the Overview Effect 25 years on:


The Overview Effect at 25, article in the Space Review:


‘Overview’: The Perspective-Altering Effect of Seeing Earth from Space, Universe Today:


The Overview Effect, But Does It Float


Overview -- the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Magazine:


The Wonder, Thrill and Meaning of Seeing Earth from Space

Earth360 ~ Watch Planet Earth from the International Space Station


  • View from Above - FULL 1080p, lights off, volume up. Even better, go 'Original' for 2160p - HD 4K

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February 2016 ... In memory of Edgar Mitchell

Remembering an Astronaut who was one of the first to look back at our Planet Earth

and tell us how profoundly amazing and beautiful -- and in danger -- our world is...

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Edgar Mitchell: Founder of the Noetic Institute


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New Ways of Seeing

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A Hat Tip H/T to Douglas Trumbull, Supporter of the Visionary World of the Overview Effect

"To push the edge... I believe we are at the threshold... Time to make breakthroughs"

Technology to Revolutionize Cinema

Remembering "Starchild"

Starchild 2001 / Story via GreenPolicy

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A Nod to Douglas' Work to Bring 'Hypercinema, Immersive Experiences' to the Space Center in Florida

Viewing Earth from Above

Hypercinema / State of the Cinema Art

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Remembering 'Earthrise' - December 1968

Earthrise memories on the 45th anniversary - Earth-home, the historic view of Earth from Apollo

"The earth from here [circling the moon] is a grand oasis in the big vastness of space." — Jim Lovell, live Apollo 8 - 1968

"If somebody had said before the flight, 'Are you going to get carried away looking at the earth from the moon?' I would have said, 'No, no way.' But yet when I first looked back at the earth, standing on the moon, I cried." — Alan Shepard, Astronaut

"As you pass from sunlight into darkness and back again every hour and a half, you become startlingly aware how artificial are thousands of boundaries we've created to separate and define. And for the first time in your life you feel in your gut the precious unity of the Earth and all the living things it supports." — Russell Schweikart, Apollo 9

"As we got further and further away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate..." — James Irwin, Apollo 15

What a View!

Overview refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect our "pale blue dot."

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Earthrise tells the remarkable story of the first photographs of Earth from space and the totally unexpected impact of those images. The Apollo “Earthrise” and “Blue Marble” photographs were beamed across the world some forty years ago. They had an astounding effect, Robert Poole explains, and in fact transformed thinking about the Earth and its environment in a way that echoed throughout religion, culture, and science. Gazing upon our whole planet for the first time, we saw ourselves and our place in the universe with new clarity.

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Overview Effect, Third Edition, by Frank White

Review: The Overview Effect

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"Space travel needs a new birth, and if we can tap into the desire to go into space, incredible things can come from it."

— Sir Richard Branson

More than 30 years ago, Frank White coined the term “Overview Effect” to describe the cognitive shift in awareness that results from the experience of viewing Earth from orbit or the moon. He found that, with great consistency, this experience profoundly affects space travelers’ worldviews — their perceptions of themselves and our planet, and our understanding of the future. White found that astronauts know from direct experience what the rest of us know only intellectually: we live on a planet that is like a natural spaceship moving through the universe at a high rate of speed. We are, in fact, the crew of “Spaceship Earth,” as Buckminster Fuller described our world.

In The Overview Effect, Third Edition Frank White expands on his original concept, which has now gained worldwide recognition and exposure. Using interviews with and writings by numerous astronauts and cosmonauts, he describes space exploration and settlement as necessary next steps in the evolution of human civilization and consciousness.

The third edition features new interviews with the following astronauts, space advocates, and New Space entrepreneurs: Ron Garan / Helen P. Sharman / Michael Lopez-Alegria / Sandra H. Magnus / John B. Herrington / Akihiko Hoshide / Nicole Stott / Sir Richard Branson / George Whitesides - Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

Frank White is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he earned a Master of Philosophy degree in politics. He is a leading thinker and advocate on the topic of space exploration and its impact on human thought and society. He first published 'The Overview Effect' in 1987 and has since authored, co-authored, or edited nine other books, including 'Think About Space' and 'The March of the Millennia' (with Isaac Asimov), 'The SETI Factor', and 'The New Camelot'.

Frank is co-founder with David Beaver of the 'Overview Institute' created in 2008 to communicate the nature and impact of the 'whole earth space experience' that has profoundly changed the perspective of so many space travelers. He appears in 'Overview', a short film about the 'Overview Effect' released by Planetary Collective in 2012 that has been viewed on the Internet by more than 6 million people.

Visit the Overview Institute

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In March 2015, at the South by Southwest/SXSW festival, the full-length 'Overview' film entitled 'Planetary' premiered as a featured film event

Planetary is scheduled for wide release on Earth Day 2015

The film, a Planetary Collective in association with Reconsider production, is a follow-up to the award-winning short film 'Overview', featuring astronauts' stories of what it means to see the Earth from space, which was featured on Vimeo Staff Picks and has received nearly 7 million views to date. - http://weareplanetary.com/planetary-press/



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How the Overview Effect is similar to other World View Changes

The mass experience of The Overview Effect of space travel, seeing the reality of the Earth in space, will eventually be seen as a major driver of one of the greatest shifts in world awareness in the Modern World, equivalent or greater than the Copernican Revolution or the discovery of the New World. Whether by direct experience or sophisticated simulation and artistic representation, this experience will forever alter the life we think we are living and world we think we are in.

— David Beaver

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Our #BlueDot" Whole Earth - #Earth360

"From up here it is surprisingly obvious, our world is one connected system" -- Astro Alexander Gerst"

January 31, 2015 -- "I wish I could bring all of you up to see this! -- Astro Terry Virts"

Hello Earth


Hello Up There

To see through the eyes of Astronauts.....

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Earth Science Research from Space

Earthviews from Astronauts

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