Since the beginning of spaceflight in the 1960s’, mankind has witnessed a totally new experience: seeing the Earth from Space. This phenomenon, coined the Overview Effect by space philosopher Frank White in 1987, has a profound impact on all who experience it.
Watching Earth from space creates a powerful cognitive shift in awareness in how we think about our surroundings, our connection to life and others and, finally, how we think about Earth.
Many astronauts have given testimony to this profound panoptic perspective and became environmentalists after their return on Earth.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside. It features insights on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
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