In December 1968, Apollo 8 became the first ever manned spacecraft to leave earth’s orbit and go to the moon. While Apollo 8 didn’t land on the moon’s surface, the astronauts turned on the cameras to broadcast to the millions of people home what Earth looks like from space.
On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space by Apollo 17 in 1972, this short documentary gives us a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The astronaut’s mission was to focus entirely on the moon; they didn’t take into account how the view of our planet might become the most important part of their journey and how the Overview Effect would alter their perspective.
Astronauts commented: When we originally went on the moon our total focus was on the moon, we weren’t thinking about looking back at the Earth, but now that we’ve done it, that may well have been the most important reason we went.
Overview explores this phenomenon through the personal experiences of the five astronauts who experienced the effect first hand.
The short doc also gives insight from commentators and unique thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society and the relationship we all have with the environment.