The Overview Effect
About this video
A new perspective.
On the 40th anniversary of the famous 'Blue Marble' photograph taken of Earth by Apollo 17, this short film documents astronauts' life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the overview effect.
First described by author Frank White in 1987, the overview efffect, is a transformative experience that alters one's perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Astronauts have described a feeling of awe, a renewed sense of environmental responsibility and a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life.
This short film explores the phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect as well as - in the words of the filmmakers - "insights on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment".
There's also a great microsite about the project: