Friday, 17 May 2013

No title necessary

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. Worth going directly to Vimeo for to see the full sized video.

The “overview effect”, that the astronauts talk about, was pretty much predicted by Theodore L. Thomas, in a short story in “Astounding”, in August 1956 edition – before man had even been to space for the first time. The title of this was “The Far Look”. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be available on the web.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Goody versus baddies plus spirit of humanity

Here is a very funny spoof documentary from Click this link for the full story starring Bill Oddie as a naturalist exploring the territory of that not-quite-human species, the feral banker (homo fatuscatus).
Bill got evicted from the bank while filming.

And here, just because I like it and we see the Earth in all its magnificence, is the viral (6.5 million views since yesterday) of Commander Chris Hadfield in the ISS singing modified lyrics to David Bowie’s Space Oddity