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The Overview Effect

This short documentary by Planetary Collective explores what astronauts, scientists and experts have come to refer to as the “overview effect”: the experience of viewing Earth from the vantage point of stationary orbit. This macro perspective on our world produces a mental collision between two sensations: the sense of how enormous our planet is, and […]

A Blessing From The Space Priest

On Nov. 7, 2013, Russian Orthodox Priest Father Sergei blesses a Sochi Olympic Torch bound for the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The ceremony, similar to those conducted before every Russian space launch, took place at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan in 2013. The torch spent three successful days in space before […]