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THE OVERVIEW EFFECT

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Some 533 people have orbited the Earth, 24 have risen above low Earth orbit and 12 have walked the Moon. This page and Chapter 11 (p.167) offer their reflections on what has come to be known as the Overview Effect of looking at the Earth from the perspective of space.

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Ronald J. Garan, 2011

Scott Kelly

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“The more I look at Earth, the more I feel an environmentalist. This is a human effect that is not a naturally occurring phenomenon.”

Int. Space Station 2016

Ronald J. Garan Int. Space Station 2011

“When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile … Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”

Yang Liu

First female

Chinese Astronaut, 2012.

“The Earth is like a vibrant, living thing.”

Ed Mitchell Apollo 14

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