Recent events in Newtown, Connecticut and other areas have us a little down.

To help lift our spirits and yours, we offer “Overview.”

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

The beauty of the planet never ceases to amaze us.

3 Responses to “Overview.”

  1. Charles Hinton says:

    Mr Afterwit presents for our enjoyment a 20 minute video of awesome views from space of our blue marble with commentary from the astronauts who witnessed the views. We don’t appreciate the randomness of how our planet stays in balance – the right distance from our sun to give us a delicate balance of heat and cold, its slightly off-kilter angle with the sun that gives us the seasons. The right amount of water and elements and all regulated by mother nature to keep everything going. When we have such a beautiful planet why are we spending so much money to go to Mars when we already know it to be uninhabitable?

    Instead of writing about the events in Newtown, Afterwit starts his daily presentation with , “Recent events in Newtown, Connecticut and other areas have us a little down.”. HE IS A LITTLE DOWN? Not greatly down? A little down. Could he be talking about the murder of 26 human beings? When I think of Newton, Connecticut and the slaughter I think of devastated, heartsick, life altering, insanity, and the availability of all those unneeded guns. That’s what his daily presentation should have been about.

    Now Mr. Afterwit has the cover of anonymity. He doesn’t have to face his friends by defending the right for everyone to own all kinds of military assault weapons. What would his plan be to prevent this slaughter from happening in the future. And, it is happening with increasing frequency. Mr Afterwit is way over on the right side of the right so he has to defend the availability of hand guns with huge magazines and war weapons being available to anyone (in one way or another), and civilians owning bullets that penetrate police armor..

    Mr. Afterwit and I (in the context of his blog) had a conversation once about what the Constitution says. My recollection is that his position was that the Supreme Court looks at the f acts of the case and decides the outcome of the case by comparing the facts with the words of the constitution. My position was that the Constitution says what the Supreme Court says it says .

    The Supreme court not long ago addressed the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of rights. The Constitution says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” (The version passed by Congress does not have the comma after “well regulated militia).

    In its decision “McDonald vs City of Chicago” The Supreme Court ignored the words of the Constitution “A well regulated Militia” in deciding that the Bill of Rights applied to the states as well as the federal government. The decision did not overturn any state or local laws on gun control but it did make them unenforceable. By ignoring those 3 or 4 words the court came up with a decision that lost all common sense, and opened the door to slaughter of our citizens and children in Newtown. Yes. Isn’t it sad that nothing can be done. And I’m not interested in hearing that they would use knives or ball bats if guns were not available.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Mr. Hinton,

      We will address some of your points tomorrow in a post.

      For now, suffice it to say that we gave the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut a post which can be found here.

      We can only surmise that you missed that post.

      Have a good night, sir.

      A. Afterwit.

  2. […] response to a video we posted, Mr. Charles Hinton of Satellite Beach tries to take us to task over not commenting on the tragedy […]

  3. Steve Bussey says:

    As a member of “the media” for more than 4 years now I can tell you that events such as the one in Newtown, CT pose a unique problem because you are going to be damned if you do and dammed if you don’t. Obviously reporters and the nightly news have to report the matter but the issue is far more complex for editorialists such as Mr. Afterwit and me.

    Do you say anything in the beginning? Do you wait for more facts? Do you wait an appropriate amount of time out of respect? If so, what is that appropriate amount of time? On which part of the incident do you concentrate when you do opine?

    An event such as Newtown, CT is extremely personal and each person will deal with it within the scope of their emotional abilities. As A radio talk show host at AM 1300 WMEL in Cocoa, FL I struggled last Friday when I saw the news as I was preparing my radio show for the following day. What was I to do? How was I going to handle it? What was I going to ask my 2 producers and my co-host, Tony Afterwit, to do? I made my decision and called Tony. I told him that I felt we were going to have to talk about it in-depth because President Obama and Mayor Nanny Bloomberg of NY City opened the gun control debate that very same day as the bodies of 20 dead children still lay on the floor of that school.

    But at the end of the day I do not fault any editorialist – blogger, etc. for either talking about it or deciding not to talk about it because it is so deeply personal. I may fault them for the opinions they express, their knee-jerk reactions, etc. but not for speaking out.

    I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Tony Afterwit or he would not be a contributor to my radio show. I respect him and his opinions and feel they contribute to the discussions we have on the Steve Bussey Radio Experience. If you’re a listener then you know we occasionally have our disagreements and they are sometimes very spirited. But on this I agree with Tony and support his decisions concerning his coverage of the events in Newtown, Ct.