The Overview Effect

One planet, one destiny.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson often speaks about the cosmic perspective that results from the study of space.

The astronauts in Overview share their experience with “the overview effect,” a way of thinking about the Earth and our place in space that acknowledges our essential oneness and the adaptive interrelationships that are part of our biosphere.

The documentary is 19 minutes long and starts with a provocative quote from British astronomer and science fiction writer Fred Hoyle. In 1948, Hoyle wrote: “Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available… a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.”

He was right. Humans from various nations have traveled beyond the atmosphere and seen Earth “hanging in space.” Their photos and stories have forever changed our sense of our planet—and our responsibilities here on the surface.


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