Documentary Explores Astronauts and the Obsession with Staring Back at Earth

What does Earth truly look like from miles above the atmosphere? Documentarians have put together a new film about the experience talking to astronauts who almost become obsessed with Earth gazing…

Some of you may have heard the term Spaceship Earth. It is a worldly view that usually expresses concern over the use of limited resources available on Earth and encourages everyone on it to act as a harmonious crew working toward the greater good. That is something we nerds can get behind.

In 1965 an American politician named Adlai Stevenson made a famous speech to the UN in which he said:

We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave—to the ancient enemies of man—half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all

Many astronauts have been blasted into space to either walk on the moon, build space stations, fix satellites etc… However, what do many of these brave men and women do while floating around in space? Many have said they spend much of their time earth gazing. This simple addictive exercise has dramatically changed astronauts from all over the world and by the time these men and women come back home to earth, their entire way of thinking has changed. Why you ask? presents to you a beautiful video called Overview done by Planetary Collective – a group of filmmakers, visual media creatives and thinkers who work with cosmologists, ecologists and philosophers to explore some of the big questions facing our planet today. This twenty minute breath taking documentary will show you why we truly do live on Spaceship Earth and just how delicate our little ball of blue truly is.

Make sure to check out the Planetary Collective website as they are in the process of putting together a feature length documentary called Continuum – Check out the Trailer. They used Kickstarter to raise the funds and you can pre-order your copy today. We now present Overview.

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