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Overview effect: Astronauts experience oneness of life

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo. This 19 minute film documents the mind-altering effect on astronauts of seeing our planet Earth from space.    It seems they all experienced an expansion of consciousness and became profoundly aware of the oneness of life.

What is the “overview effect”?
This expansion of consciousness was triggered by the reframing of their concepts of our earthly home into a vastly expanded perspective. It has been dubbed the “overview effect”. It appears to have brought about a realignment of their relationship with self and the universe.

Surprisingly, the impact on human consciousness of seeing pictures of planet Earth from space was predicted as early as 1948:

Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available …
a new idea, as powerful as any in history will be let loose. FRED HOYLE (English astronomer) 1948

We have come a long way since the 19th century when Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the earth was a sphere. Can we look forward to the day when the antagonism between religion and science is resolved into harmony?

From Planetary Collective


On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

Earth seen from Apollo 17
NASA: Earth seen from Apollo 17

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
  • a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

Cast & Crew

• EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
• RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
• NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
• JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
• SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
• FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
• DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
• DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute

Director: GUY REID
Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Original Score: HUMAN SUITS

Technical Info & Links

Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
Duration: 19 minutes

Planetary Collective: http://www.planetarycollective.com/
Overview Microsite: http://www.overviewthemovie.com/
Human Suits (original score): http://www.humansuits.com/

For more information:
The Overview Institute: http://www.overviewinstitute.org/
Fragile Oasis: http://www.fragileoasis.org/

Watch the trailer of a new film PLANETARY from Planetary Collective:

PLANETARY is a feature length documentary that expands on the mind-blowing perspective shared by astronauts and indigenous elders alike — that each and every one of us is inseparable from each other, the planet and the universe as a whole.

Crowd sourcing:
Planetary Collective is crowd-sourcing funds to produce this beautiful film, PLANETARY.  You can support them by pre-ordering the film at www.weareplanetary.com.

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