The view from space

6 minutes

The majestic Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts orbiting above

‘Even if you’re a tough person you can’t avoid becoming a child again…’

In this video composed of time-lapse imagery recorded from the International Space Station, four veteran astronauts – Helen Sharman, Michael Barratt, Jean-François Clervoy and Daniel Tani – describe the singular, life-changing experience of looking down at Earth. In providing context for these images of our planet (the station orbits Earth every 92 minutes, for instance) and trying to find words for the profound sense of wonder that has come to be known as ‘the overview effect’, the astronauts strive valiantly to share their rarified perspective, giving us just a glimmer of an experience that many people think is just around the corner for a much greater number of us.

Producer and Editor: Ed Prosser

Website: The Royal Institution

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