How the First Photo of Planet Earth Changed our Perspectives

This short documentary shows us the importance of perspective and how one image has transformed so many lives. I love the quote when they say “we were so focused on getting to the moon that we never looked back but when we did we realized that it is the most important reason we went there”. The first image of planet earth has changed many minds and opened perspectives. Probably the single most important image we have ever taken in space.

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. 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.

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