Overview Effect

Overview Effect


Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

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(theweek.com)—“I saw this really bright white light coming through the small windows of the Soyuz capsule,” he told The Week. “I took a peek and saw the beautiful blue and whites of the Earth below, and the curvature of the horizon. Getting to experience the whole disc of the Earth from that point of view, truly for me, it was this breathtaking experience. I got goosebumps.”
Humans have been going to space for five decades now, and during that time, numerous astronauts have returned from orbit with reports eerily similar to Lindgren’s. Theirs are tales of profound inspiration, overwhelming emotion, a sense of oneness, even transcendence.
“No amount of prior study or training can fully prepare anybody for the awe and wonder this inspires,” wrote space shuttle astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan. It’s “one of the deepest, most emotional experiences I have ever had,” said NASA astronaut Gene Cernan. “You realize that on that small spot, that little blue and white thing, is everything that means anything to you,” said Apollo 9 astronaut Russell Schweickart. “All of history and music and poetry and art and death and birth and love, tears, joy, games, all of it on that little spot out there.”
In 1987, this phenomenon was given a name: the Overview Effect. Here’s how it’s defined by the Overview Institute: