Most astronauts, when they saw the Earth from space, were astounded by its beauty and fell in love with her. This transformation is called the Overview Effect and forever changed their lives. Since April 2020, the OneHome NGO (www.onehome.org) offers the possibility for everybody to experience the Overview Effect (a term coined by Frank White in his eponym book) and change the way they inhabit our one home. Images from OneHome are provided by the NASA/DSCOVR satellite located one million miles away on Lagrangian Point L1 and processed by our partner Blueturn.
« Today is marking the 5th anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is a very important milestone for our planet and mankind. More than ever we need to be inspired to go through this very complex transition. On this special occasion, we are very proud to welcome Nicole Stott, one of the most profound advocates and voices of the overview effect. As an astronaut and also an artist, she expresses the transformation she went through with unique words and paintings. In this poetic and intense message to our home planet, she gives a vibrant call to humanity and a path for a harmonious future. » said Jean-Pierre Goux, president of OneHome.
Nicole Stott is an astronaut and artist who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork, in order to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth.
“We live on a planet! The best planet. This truth became clear to me as I circled the Earth on the space station, and from that special vantage point I was presented with the reality of Earth as our home. Our one home. I am thankful to Jean-Pierre and the team at OneHome for inviting me to share my love of our planet and perspective of who and where we all are together in space. I feel as though we are kindred spirits on a mission to bring the awe and wonder of our one shared home back to Earth for everyone.” declared Nicole Stott.
Nicole Stott in front of one of her marvelous painting inspired by her spaceflights.
A veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crew member on both the International Space Station (ISS) (Expeditions 20 and 21 in 2009) and the Space Shuttle (STS-128 in 2009 and STS-133 in 2011). Personal highlights of her time in space include performing a spacewalk (10th woman to do so), flying the robotic arm to capture the first HTV, painting a watercolor, working with her crewmates and the ground team on science that is all about improving life on Earth, and of course the view out the window. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and was a crew member on an 18-day saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory.
Nicole believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea hold the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth.
As an Artist, and now retired from NASA, Nicole combines her artwork and spaceflight experience to inspire creative thinking about solutions to our planetary challenges, to raise awareness of the surprising interplay between science and art, and to promote the amazing work being done every day in space to improve life right here on Earth.
She is the founder of the Space for Art Foundation, which is uniting a planetary community of children through the awe and wonder of space exploration and the healing power of art. Her first book Back to Earth, is currently in work for release in 2021.View Nicole's artwork here.
Please visit Nicole’s website here, and follow her on social networks : Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Music from this video is Moby LA1.