Remember our recent article about these 12 things you didn’t know about living in space?
Well, it seems we missed out a profound and unexpected 13th point. It’s been 41 years since the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph of Earth was taken from space. It’s without question the most famous photograph ever taken. This was the first time in the history of mankind that we were able to actually look at ourselves as one – a true moment of self-realisation. Yet since that time, the astronauts involved with that Apollo 17 space voyage have been undergoing an experience known as the ‘Overview Effect’.
But what actually is it?
It was actually first coined by author Frank White back in 1987 and it’s the term used to describe the intense feeling of awe for the planet. Many former astronauts admit to now having a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
A fascinating short film titled ‘Continuum’ (funded through Kickstarter) is now exploring this this phenomenon through candid interviews with 5 astronauts who have experienced the ‘Overview Effect’ – their stories, recollections and tales are extraordinary, powerful and deeply moving. Maybe one day, we too can experience that feeling.