One of the astronauts in the Apollo 8 mission (1968) said when he returned, “When we originally went to 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 be the most important reason we went.”

We use the word “awesome” quite casually these days. But the astronauts who have seen the Earth from space truly know the meaning of the word awesome. The short film Overview gives you a taste of awesome, one that is especially appropriate on this Earth Day.

Overview describes the “overview effect”, a cognitive shift in awareness experienced when seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space.

Film is an art form that can move us deeply. We hope to include several films in the Earth Art Bainbridge program in April 2016 to help connect us all with the Earth and challenge us, move us to take action on climate change.

For more, see The Overview Institute.