*sigh* What a view from the Heavens.
It’s easy when watching a video like this to think how small and insignificant we are in the vast scope of our solar system, our galaxy, and the universe. This is what’s called the “Overview Effect”.
It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.