The Overview Effect: How the View of Earth from Space Changes People

We all know we live together one planet. But how deeply to we feel that fact? Here’s more from Google Arts and Culture:

These pictures of Earth do more than help further scientific research. Observing Earth from space can alter an astronauts’ cosmic perspective, a mental shift known as the “Overview Effect.” First coined by space writer Frank White in 1987, the Overview Effect is described as a feeling of awe for our home planet and a sense of responsibility for taking care of it.

As the NASA astronaut Bob Behnken stated, “You see that it’s a single planet with a shared atmosphere. It’s our shared place in this universe. So I think that perspective, as we go through things like the pandemic or we see the challenges across our nation or across the world, we recognize that we all face them together.”

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