During the CATALYST 2 expedition, the Waitt Institute for Discovery had the rare opportunity to fly Amelia Earhart’s route towards Howland Island at the same time of day as her and Fred Noonan’s approach. As a result, Waitt Institute founder, Ted Waitt, and helicopter pilot, Tom Sharp, were able to explore Earhart’s last flight from her perspective.
Check out the trailer for our feature film PLANETARY: vimeo.com/60234866
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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.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
• EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
• RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
• NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
• JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
• SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
• FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
• DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
• DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute
Producer: STEVE KENNEDY
Director: GUY REID
Editor: STEVE KENNEDY
Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Original Score: HUMAN SUITS
Dubbing Mixer: PATCH MORRISON
Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
Duration: 19 minutes
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It's been almost a year since the launch of Pacific Star II. The whole time I had wondered how could I up the ante; throwing together a styrofoam box with some hacked cameras felt like it wouldn't suffice to the challenge I was looking for.
In mid December, I received a call from scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy who asked if I could launch a Black Carbon experiment to test atmospheric levels of the pollutant. It was the perfect challenge I sought and together a symbiosis emerged that was able to open doors and gain access to things I normally would not be able to.
Launched from Ventura County, Pacific Star III traveled nearly 200 miles South, South-East, over the Eastern County line of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert.
Using a huge 3000g extreme cold weather sounding balloon I was able to go higher and farther than my previous attempts.
I wanted Pacific Star III to fly many months ago, but unfortunately, prevailing Santa Ana winds hampered any launch unless of course I was willing to take the chance that the payload would miraculously parachute from over 100,000 feet and land on Catalina Island off the coast of CA.
I plan and plan and plan and plan and plan and sometimes at the last moment the plans change as quickly as the wind changes directions.
After four scrubbed launches, it was a bit frustrating but anything worth doing usually is.
In the end, it's about the adventure of traveling down roads I've never been and never will travel down again while tracking the beast down and I smile to myself because I never know exactly where I'm headed. It's really all about the adventure and the challenge.
I want to thank everyone who has been supportive towards the Pacific Star series. For those of you who donated to the cause, this could not have happened without your support. Thank you so much!
Additionally I would like to thank Victor Gonzalez and
Next Limit Technologies for their support and patience. nextlimit.com/
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered magnificent sections of the Veil Nebula - the shattered remains of a supernova that exploded some 5-10,000 years ago. The new Hubble images provide beautiful views of the delicate, wispy structure resulting from this cosmic explosion.
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