THE OVERVIEW EFFECT
Most astronauts in orbit have experienced a profound love for the Earth and a deep feeling of oneness that transformed their life. It is called the Overview Effect. This name has been imagined by Frank White who studied this transformation in his seminal book “The Overview Effect – Space Exploration and Human Evolution”. He showed that the combined effect of zero gravity, silence, fear and exposure to the mesmerising beauty of the rotating Earth created all the pre-conditions for a life-changing mystical experience.
On December, 7th 2012, for the 40th birthday of Blue Marble, film director Guy Reid and the team of Planetary Collective released a marvelous short-movie called “Overview”, inspired by the book of Frank White and this unique perspective brought by astronauts. This movie can be watched for free on Vimeo (link below) and was the nucleus of their amazing movie Planetary.
These movies are the best ever made on this subject and they express exactly the kind of mindset shift that we would like to trigger with Blueturn.
We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth. (1968)
Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available, we shall, in an emotional sense, acquire an additional dimension. Once let the sheer isolation of the Earth become plain to every man, whatever his nationality or creed, and a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose. (1948)
Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet ? (1966)
With the next millennium just around the corner, developing this High Definition TV quality image of the full disk of the continuously lit Earth and making it available 24 hours a day on the Internet will awaken a new generation to the environment and educate millions of children around the globe. (1998)