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Watch: Astronauts Reflect on Earth and the Overview Effect

How has looking back at Earth from space changed the way we see our place in the cosmos?

It's astonishing that back in the 1960s humans were so focused on exploring space and looking outward, away from Earth, that few thought to consider the consequences of looking back at Earth from space.

Suffice to say, the consequences were profound, for the astronauts themselves, and for those of us who would see the planet from their perspective in photos and videos.

Images of our round, blue planet floating in a sea of black space have changed the way many think about Earth and our place in the cosmos - that's the overview effect.

This beautiful, short video explores the phenomenon and features five astronauts reflecting on this modern, life-changing view of Earth.


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