Earth is a beauty from above! The Overview Effect

psychoSoph003 Full Comic The Overview Effect english

An experience that is truly out of the world! I could keep reading astronaut quotes for hours! For some of them it was really difficult to find the primary sources. I ended up swapping two of the quotes because I did not have access to the originals. For a collection of other astronaut quotes you can look at the paper by Yaden, Iwry et al. (2016, careful secondary source 😉) or the magazine articles that I all linked in the reference list below.

The mentioned astronauts are:

Last but not least, I would like to send you off with Alexander Gerst’s “Message to the Grand-Children” which I personally found very moving (The video is in German, but you can turn on English or other language captions).


  1. Chirico, A., Ferrise, F., Cordella, L., & Gaggioli, A. (2018). Designing Awe in Virtual Reality: An Experimental Study.
  2. Deiss, H., National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) (2015). Astronaut Requirements.
  3. European Space Agency, (ESA). (o. J.). Attributes of an astronaut.
  4. footage berlin – rbb media (2019). Interview mit Sigmund Jähn, DRA – aus “Talk-Fieber”, GDR-TV, 1980. (Sigmund Jähn, quote)
  5. Ihle, E. C., Ritsher, J. B., & Kanas, N. (2006). Positive Psychological Outcomes of Spaceflight: An Empirical Study.
  6. Kanas, N. (2020). Spirituality, humanism, and the Overview Effect during manned space missions.
  7. Kelley, K. W. (1988). The Home planet. (James Irwin, quote with photo plate 38)
  8. Keltner, D., & Haidt, J. (2003). Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion.
  9. Kluger, J. (2021). 7 Questions With Record-Setting Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. (Samatha Cristoforetti, quote)
  10. Quesnel, D., & Riecke, B. E. (2017). Awestruck: Natural interaction with virtual reality on eliciting awe.
  11. Redfern, M. (1996). SCIENCE: A NEW VIEW OF HOME. (Sam Durrance, quote)
  12. Universität Stuttgart. (2015). Alexander Gerst an der Universität Stuttgart.
  13. Voski, A. (2020). The ecological significance of the overview effect: Environmental attitudes and behaviours in astronauts.
  14. White, F. (2014). The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution. (Multiple things in the comic, but also Michael Collins, quote pp. 182 – 183)
  15. Yaden, D. B., Iwry, J., Slack, K. J., Eichstaedt, J. C., Zhao, Y., Vaillant, G. E., & Newberg, A. B. (2016). The overview effect: Awe and self-transcendent experience in space flight.