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Recognizing the importance of human spaceflight and how it will change our world.
Recognizing the importance of human spaceflight and how it will change our world.


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PLANETARY: Documentary on The Human Journey | Official Trailer
PLANETARY is a feature length documentary that expands on the mind-blowing perspective shared by astronauts and indigenous elders alike—that each and every one of us is inseparable from each other, the planet and the universe as a whole, a realisation that is both humbling and comforting. If more of us start to experience the simple truth of our interdependence and connection, we believe there is hope for the next stage in our human journey.

PLANETARY is meant to inspire awe and wonder by seeing things as they are, placing our individual stories in the context of the larger planetary/cosmic story.

For more info about PLANETARY, to sign up for updates on the film and to read more about Planetary Collective, visit:

Global Earth Day launch in over 75 theatres on April 22nd, 2015

Peter Russell – physicist and author of ‘The Global Brain’
Mae Jemison – astronaut, doctor & science educator
David Loy – Buddhist scholar and author of ‘The World is Made of Stories’
Joanna Macy – environmental activist and author
Wade Davis – anthropologist and author of ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’
HH 17th Karmapa – spiritual leader of the Tibetan people
Lawrence Ellis – complexity-science consultant and spiritual activist
Paul Hawken – environmentalist and author of ‘Blessed Unrest’
Ron Garan – NASA astronaut and founder of Fragile Oasis
Janine Benyus – natural sciences writer and expert on biomimicry
Sobonfu Some - Dagara spiritual teacher from Burkina Faso
Sam Mickey – professor in Integral Ecology at the University of San Francisco
Cynthia Brown – teacher and writer of Big History
Barry Lopez – environmental writer, artist and journalist
Anam Thubten – Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma tradition
Bill McKibben – environmentalist, author and founder of
Grandmother Mona – one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Alan Senauke – Zen priest and author
Bernie Glassman – Zen Buddhist roshi and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers
Angel Kyodo Williams – author and Zen priest
Brian Swimme – cosmologist and author
Charles Eisenstein – economist and author
Sean Kelly – philosopher, author of ‘Coming Home’
Drew Dellinger – poet and social activist
Elizabeth Lindsey – Polynesian explorer and expert on cultural intelligence
Ethan Nichtern – meditation teacher and author
Joan Halifax – American Zen Buddhist roshi and anthropologist
Luntana – Arhuaco medicine man
Wes Nisker – performer and comedian
Mary Evelyn Tucker – scholar on the intersection of religion and ecology
Tiokasin Ghosthorse – a spiritual agitator, natural rights activist
Jon Grimm – professor of religion & ecology at Yale’s School of Forestry

Directed by: Guy Reid
Produced by: Steve Kennedy
Director of Photography: Christoph Ferstad
Edited by: Steve Kennedy
Executive Producers: Christoph Ferstad, Paul Hawken
Co-producers: Peter Glatzer, Adrien Grenier
Consulting Producers: Lawrence Ellis, Elizabeth Lindsey
Associate Producers: Jeff Gitterman, Andrew Appel, Gary Lin, Pati Sands
Production Manager: Blaire Embrey
Original Soundtrack: The Human Suits (humansuits,com)

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#OverviewEffect #Astronaut #Cosmonaut #Experience #Moon
#Apollo #Lunar #Perception #Perspective #Science #Technology
#Engineering #STEM #Education #Humanity#OrbitalPerspective
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Join a Google Hangout on the #OverviewEffect  & #OrbitalPerspective  March 11 at 9am PST / 12pm EST...

Frank White, author of The Overview Effect joins astronaut Ron Garan and fellow astronaut Anousheh Ansari, co-sponsor of the Ansari X-Prize for a Google Hangout led Mike Simmons, founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders.


Ron Garan, astronaut, while floating in space, recalls looking back at our blue dot and marvelling at the beauty of our Earth. With our shrinking borders and increased technologies, why can't we collaborate globally?

While on his stint on the International Space Station this former fighter pilot saw how fifteen nationalities worked together to put a few humans into a sustained environment in space.

This is his Orbital Perspective.

His newly released book explores how the notion of Orbital Perspective can work for us on Earth. Ron is joined by:

Fellow astronaut and co-sponsor of the Ansari X-Prize for the first privately funded spacecraft, Anousheh Ansari.

Author Frank White, whose Overview Effect (now in its third ediction) chronicled the life-changing experiences of our early astronauts in viewing the Earth from space, and whose Overview Institute is working to use that experience to better life on Earth.

Mike Simmons, Founder and President of Astronomers Without Borders, which works to connect people and create collaboration based on our common heritage of the night sky.

Join our discussion about how important it is use the Orbital Perspective here at home.

Send questions ahead of time to or on the Google+ event page during the program.

#Overview   #Orbital   #Perspective   #Earth   #Space   #NASA   #XPrize   #Astronaut   #Astronomers   #World   #Global   #Environment   #Environmental   #GeoPolitics   #Sustainability   #WorldChange   #GlobalChange  
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Happy New Year from Earth...

Watch Earth's Natural Lightwork from Aroras to Nightlife in this time-lapse video from space, brought together by German astronaut +Alexander Gerst


+European Space Agency, ESA +NASA +International Space Station 

#NewYear   #HappyNewYear   #happynewyear2015   #NewYearDay   #OverviewEffect   #Earth   #Space   #Aroras   #AroraBorealis   #Fireworks   #Lights   #LightShow   #Nightlife   #NightLights   #CityLights   #EarthatNight   #Sun   #Star   #Stars   #Solar   #Weather   #WeatherPatterns   #Storms   #Thunderstorms   #Lightning   #InternationalSpaceStation   #ISS   #ESA   #NASA   #Germany#YouTube #TimeLapse #Video
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A Moment of Thanks for Earth’s Atmosphere.

Amazing article from Slate about the Overview effect...

"Earth’s atmosphere is what makes life possible as we know it. When viewed from orbit, it’s impossibly thin—especially when compared to the vast nothingness of outer space."

"If, just for a moment, we can understand how improbable our existence is and remember that we’re all dependent on one another, like it or not, then I believe anything is possible."


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