CHAPTER FIVE

The Orbital Perspective

image There have been many attempts to describe the shift in perception that astronauts often experience when viewing Earth from orbit or the moon. Perhaps the most comprehensive is Frank White’s book The Overview Effect, which was first published in 1987.1 In the first edition, Frank interviewed sixteen astronauts about their experiences in space, and he coined the term “overview effect” and developed it into a theory to describe the perspective shift that some of these space travelers experienced.

If the overview effect is a change in perception that one gets from physically seeing Earth from space and in space, ...

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