Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Overview Effect

How do you describe something that only 500 people in the would have ever seen.
Oh we have pictures of it, and video's of it, but you just can't get the full extent of it
unless you seen it in person. Even those who have seen it have a hard time describing
there feelings about it, it's almost a religious experiences, and for some, it is. So what
am I talking about, its called "the overview effect" and the 500 people who have seen
it are called astronauts and cosmonauts, all the people who have been to the space
station. Its seeing earth from space, its seeing this magnificent blue and white ball
hanging against the blackness of space. A sense of separation and oneness at the  
same time, they say that the planet seams to be a living organism with its own beat  
that we're all apart of. A sunrise every 90 minutes, at night the lights from cities all
around the world, the aurora borealis, and lighting storms from the tops of clouds at
night that look like fireworks. A world without any visible borders, and the thing
they all talk about is the paper thin atmosphere that surrounds the earth that keeps
us all alive, and just how fragile the earth looks from their vantage point. Soon
private aero space companies will be taking people into space, so the overview effect
will be seen and felt by many more people. And just maybe in someway it will change
the world, hopefully for the better. I would recommend to all that are interested in
seeing more about the overview effect, just put the words overview effect into a search
engine were you will fine a video of about 19 minutes long. As those that have been
there try to explain their feelings about the overview effect.

                    Bruce Knipp