This state of mental clarity occurs when you view Earth from far away and become overwhelmed and awed by the fragility and unity of life.
One of the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission said that they originally went to focus on the moon, but looking back at Earth may have been the most important reason they went.
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When you are so far away from Earth, you gain a unique perspective. It is the realization that the Earth is one system and that we are all the art of that one system. There is a certain unity and coherence to it all.
Amid the turbulence of the current global situation or any crisis, astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks we could all use the overview effect to put it all back into perspective.
Most astronauts who have seen the Earth from space, report being changed deeply and profoundly by the experience.
NASA is surely on the cutting edge of technology, as its research and development take them literally out of this world. Fortunately, its innovation is not exciting only in space; as NASA seeks to make space travel easier, safer, and more sustainable, the technology it develops is also useful and in use right here on the ground. Technologies originally developed in pursuit of exiting the atmosphere now help us address some of the biggest challenges we face on Earth. Here are eight examples of NASA technologies bettering our planet today.
The ISS is a multi-nation super satellite, the largest single construct in space, made between 1998 and 2011.
As of 2018, 230 astronauts and 18 countries have visited the International Space Station. It includes contributions(money and resources) from 15 nations like Russia, USA, and Europe.
The ISS is assisted (and even controlled) by mission control centers in Houston and Moscow, along with a payload control center in Huntsville, Ala.
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