...“I met Mike Fincke in 2005, and he told me about this transformative experience he had seeing Earth from space,” Williams says. “I thought, ‘How can I simulate this feeling for people who can’t yet go to space?’ ”
That feeling is known as “the overview effect,” a gut-level appreciation for the beauty and fragility of our home planet. Seeing clouds and dust storms swirl across continents and watching cities light up at night, gives you a sense of Earth as a single, living thing, astronauts say. Then there’s the atmosphere, that thin, pink line separating us from instant death.
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