Space Travel

It is called the Overview Effect.  It’s not a single epiphany, but rather a series of them, all triggered by the simple act of staring at the world from space.

The sun is rising again, and the Dream Chaser’s white surface is almost too bright to look at.  Its Falcon 9 booster is long gone, and the shuttle – a smaller-winged, sawed-off cousin of NASA’s – is slowly rotating into a docking position.  Behind it, you see more fires on Earth’s surface.  This isn’t the Midwest though.  It’s the Amazon rain forest, which has been burning here and there since you first reached orbit.  For decades, in fact, astronauts have watched that land smolder.

    ~ Popular Mechanics, The Early Adopter’s Guide to Space Travel, by Erik Sofge


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