A short, yet stunning documentary about the surreal experiences of astronauts seeing Earth for the first time from space. Known as the Overview Effect, the experience leaves most who witness it changed forever. This documentary was produced in 2013 by the Planetary Collective on the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph, the first photograph of Earth taken from space.
The photo (above) is largely considered the first “Earth Family Portrait”, capturing the entire world in one shot. Many have referenced this moment as the beginning of globalization and an understanding of the interconnected nature of the planet.
“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.”