The focus of Apollo 8’s mission was to look at the Moon, yet it was in turning the camera around and seeing our own planet for the first time that the real discovery took place.
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.
In “Overview,” Planetary Collective brought together astronauts who experienced this awesome phenomenon as well as other commentators to reflect on the greater implications the Overview Effect has on us all.
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