On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

 

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

 

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.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. 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.

 

 

CAST
• EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
• RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
• NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
• JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
• SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
• FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
• DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
• DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute
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CREW
Produced by: GUY REID, STEVE KENNEDY, CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Director: GUY REID
Editor: STEVE KENNEDY
Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Original Score: HUMAN SUITS
Dubbing Mixer: PATCH MORRISON
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
Duration: 19 minutes
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Planetary Collective: planetarycollective.com/
Overview Microsite: overviewthemovie.com/
Human Suits (original score): humansuits.com/

For more information:
The Overview Institute: overviewinstitute.org/
Fragile Oasis: fragileoasis.org/

Category: Science, Weekend

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2 Responses to “The Overview Effect”

  1. romerjt says:

    From the first time I saw a picture of the earth from space I had the “overview effect”. I had a poster in my classroom and tried to share this idea with my students. Back in the 70s I thought there would be a chance that space travel would be common enough so lots of people, me, could see the earth from space and have this salutatory effect on relationships and perspective.

    I’ve always fantasized, as recently as last week about kidnapping world leaders, especially these days from the Middle East, taking them on the now abandoned shuttle, forcing them to look out the windows at the earth for hours to get the overview effect and change their perspective.

    It would also be useful in the climate discussions to actually see that the earth’s atmosphere is like the skin of an apple is to the apple.

  2. Greg0658 says:

    The Renewable Future
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46979738/ns/msnbc-up_with_chris_hayes/#50128024
    @5m12s (loose quote)
    “NASA turned to solar cells … but they cost literally hundreds of dollars per watt – they didn’t care – cause they’re NASA”