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Overview (2012)

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The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famous “Blue Marble” photograph taken of Earth from space, this short film was produced, documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the earth from the outside. The film explores the phenomenon of the Overview Effect through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced it. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society and our relationship to the environment.

Edgar Mitchell, Ron Garan, Nicole Stott, Shane Kimbrough, Jeff Hoffman, Frank White, David Beaver, David Loy
Guy Reid

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Candrews, posted on August 24, 2016

As weird as it sounds, I was really touched by the sentence, " we are one species". So true and we are blessed to be here. Thank you for this short film, that brings it all " home".

pottlelinda, posted on August 23, 2016

We are just hanging there in space...... remarkable comment :)

bretzy, posted on August 23, 2016

Love this content. Some beautiful images of our Mother Earth. Enjoy the message of unity as a planet, someday we will get there. :) <3

jasyoung13, posted on September 23, 2016

why doesnt man build underground? cause somebodyelse already did, thiswould allow the surface healing wouldnt it?

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