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Fragile Earth: an astronaut’s view from space

December 27 2019 - Mike Berry Sustainability

Have you heard of the “Overview Effect“?

It’s a cognitive shift in awareness reported by many astronauts while viewing the Earth from outer space.

This is how NASA astronaut Rusty Schweickart described his sense of wonder the first time he saw planet Earth from space:

“You realize that on that little blue and white thing there is everything that means anything to you, all history and music and poetry and art and death and birth and love, all of it, on that little spot out there you can cover with your thumb.”

Michael Collins, the astronaut who flew the Apollo 11 around the Moon while Neil Armstrong made the first landing on its surface, used these words to describe the Earth:

“The thing that really surprised me was that it projected an air of fragility. And why, I don’t know. I don’t know to this day. I had a feeling it’s tiny, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful, it’s home, and it’s fragile“.

We feel the same way: we have to do our best to protect our fragile Earth, for ourselves and for future generations.

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