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The Overview Effect

This blog monitors developments relevant to the Overview Effect and comments on them from the perspective of "overview thinking."

Michael Collins and the Overview Effect

May 03, 2021 by Frank White


The death of Michael Collins, command module pilot on Apollo 11, has generated many tributes—all of them deserved—that testify to his place in history.

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We Are the "New Astronaut Corps"

March 16, 2021 by Frank White


Recently, I entered a contest called the Inspiration4 Mission that will take four people into orbit on a SpaceX flight, possibly by the end of this year.

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Why We Must Go

October 14, 2020 by Frank White


The question is no longer if humanity should expand into other parts of the solar system, but only how we undertake this critical migration.

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Isaac and I

September 14, 2020 by Frank White


My writing career has been marked with many ups and downs, an experience that is familiar to most authors.

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Are We Really All in this Together?

June 08, 2020 by Frank White


It has taken me some time to return to blogging because I have been watching and listening to what is going on in American cities...

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"We're All in this Together:" Part Six: Threats and Opportunities

April 17, 2020 by Frank White


What might be some positive lessons learned from the impact of the COVID Effect on global society?

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"We're All in this Together: Part Five:" What is Humanity's Mission?

April 12, 2020 by Frank White


The pandemic is challenging us to think about viruses, and ourselves, in new ways.

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"We're All in this Together": Part Four

March 28, 2020 by Frank White


As I have mentioned in earlier blog posts on this subject, the message that "We're all in this together" is something of a mantra by astronauts...

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"We're All in this Together": Part Three

March 24, 2020 by Frank White


I asked my good friend and colleague Felix Hoch to review my previous two blogs on the topic, "We're All in this Together."

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"We're All In This Together" Part One

March 15, 2020 by Frank White


Having interviewed 41 astronauts for my work on the Overview Effect, I have heard one thought expressed frequently, which is: "We're all in this together."

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Brian Barnett's review of The Cosma Hypothesis

January 11, 2020 by Frank White


Brian Barnett, founder and CEO of Solstar Space Company, is one of the original "Overviewers," having read the first edition of The Overview Effect...

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Jeff Krukin's Review of The Cosma Hypothesis

January 01, 2020 by Frank White


Jeff and I have worked in space advocacy together for many years.

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Why We Need a Human Space Program (1)

October 30, 2019 by Frank White


There’s no question that humans, powered by a potent combination of private enterprise and public funding, are leaving the Earth...

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What's Wrong with a Space Force?

August 25, 2019 by Frank White


President Trump has signed a directive creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of service for the United States...

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The Astronaut's Secret: Space Center Houston Talk

June 15, 2019 by Frank White


On June 12, 2019, I gave a talk about "the Astronaut's Secret" at Space Center Houston, the visitors' center for NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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The Importance of Spacebuzz

June 15, 2019 by Frank White


In the fall of 2017, I was privileged to deliver the keynote address at the first symposium on the Overview Effect.

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Sean McClinton's Review of The Cosma Hypothesis

April 26, 2019 by Frank White


Sean and I have known each other for quite a while now and we talk frequently about the future of space tourism and space exploration in general.

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More from Kevin Kelley

April 03, 2019 by Frank White


As I have said in an earlier post, I have known Kevin for many years, dating back to the late 1980s...

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Kevin Kelley on " The Cosma Hypothesis"

March 21, 2019 by Frank White


I have known Kevin for many years, dating back to the late 1980s, when he published The Home Planet and I published The Overview Effect.

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Rick Tumlinson on The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect

February 27, 2019 by Frank White


Rick and I go way back, to the early days of the space movement and meetings at Gerard K. O'Neill's Space Studies Institute.

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Apollo 8 and the Overview Effect: Part Two

December 24, 2018 by Frank White


Many contemporary commentators on the Overview Effect imply that it began with the Earthrise photo.

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Apollo 8 and the Overview Effect: Part One

December 21, 2018 by Frank White


As many of you are aware, this week marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 mission to the moon.

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A Historic Day

December 13, 2018 by Frank White


Make no mistake about it: Virgin Galactic's flight today is a BIG DEAL.

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Space in New England: We Need an Alliance

October 17, 2018 by Frank White


Hiawatha Bray, a columnist for the Boston Globe, recently wrote an eye-opening article about entrepreneurial space companies in New England.

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The "Earthrise App"

August 31, 2018 by Frank White


Fifty years ago this Christmas, Apollo 8 traveled to the moon. It may have been the most important mission to date, as an Overview Effect moment.

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Tenth Anniversary of Overview Institute Founding

May 28, 2018 by Frank White


Ten years ago, David Beaver, Alex Howerton, and I announced the establishment of the Overview Institute at the International Space Development Conference...

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New space philosophy website announcement

February 16, 2018 by Frank White


I am very pleased to be working with Dylan Taylor and Rick Tumlinson on the launch of the new space philosophy website, 2211.world.

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A New Space Philosophy Website

January 02, 2018 by Frank White


Anyone who has been following my writings for the past 30-40 years knows that I have been advocating the development of a "philosophy of space exploration..."

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Goodbye to the 30th Anniversary Year

December 31, 2017 by Frank White


This year was many things to many people. Each of us had our own experience that made it special.

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Goodspace

December 19, 2017 by Frank White


My friend and colleague Dylan Taylor wants us to adopt a different way of thinking about space exploration and development.

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A New Initiative

October 14, 2017 by Frank White


I want everyone to know that I am participating in a new initiative to bring strategic communications services to entrepreneurial space companies.

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The Overview Effect for Children

October 04, 2017 by Frank White


I wanted to let everyone know about this project, which is being created by Hidde Hoogcarspel in the Netherlands.

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Cosmism and Cosmocentrism

September 20, 2017 by Frank White


As I have been exploring the notion of cosmocentrism, I have been drawn to a group of space philosophers I discovered while writing The Overview Effect.

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"All Of Us Will Be Cosmocentrists"

August 28, 2017 by Frank White


For much of recorded history, everyone simply agreed that the sun and the rest of the universe revolved around the Earth.

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"I Am a Cosmocentrist"

August 16, 2017 by Frank White


What does it mean to be a cosmocentrist? It means that you look at everything from the perspective of the greatest whole system of which we can be aware...

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The Cosmocentric Perspective

July 22, 2017 by Frank White


Since concluding that our next step conceptually is to see the world from a cosmocentric, rather than anthropocentric perspective, I have become...

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The Impact of The New Camelot

June 23, 2017 by Frank White


Apogee Prime has been kind enough to publish The New Camelot: The Quest for the Overview Effect.

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A Tribute to Ken Cox

May 31, 2017 by Frank White


One of the great leaders of the space exploration movement died recently.

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A Breakthrough

May 11, 2017 by Frank White


Recently, I have been exploring a few ideas that have come together to produce something of a breakthrough.

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Correction

May 06, 2017 by Frank White


In a recent post, I said that 2017 marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica.

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Thirtieth anniversary of The Overview Effect's publication

April 22, 2017 by Frank White


This is a pretty big year for anniversaries!

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Competing Visions (6)

March 24, 2017 by Frank White


Elon Musk offers a clear vision of what he wants to accomplish and why.

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Competing Visions (5)

March 04, 2017 by Frank White


The Overview Effect hypothesis originally focused on a group of people who did not yet exist, i.e., those who might fulfill the O'Neill vision...

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The Passing of Gene Cernan

January 25, 2017 by Frank White


I was saddened to hear about the passing of Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 commander and last person to walk on the moon.

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Competing Visions (4)

January 13, 2017 by Frank White


I was very involved in the Space Studies Institute (SSI) and my work with the space settlement movement led directly to the discovery of the Overview Effect.

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Competing Visions (3)

December 27, 2016 by Frank White


Not long after the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, a professor at Princeton University asked one of his classes...

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Thoughts on "Earthrise"

December 24, 2016 by Frank White


For many of us, Christmas Eve has always been a very special time, either because of our spiritual path or because it is a time for celebration and gift-giving.

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A Tribute to John Glenn

December 12, 2016 by Frank White


John Glenn's passing at the age of 95 marks the loss of another of our great space exploration pioneers.

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Competing Visions (2)

November 28, 2016 by Frank White


Most of us would agree that exploration is a positive human activity.

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Competing Visions

November 07, 2016 by Frank White


For some time now, I have been urging that we develop a "philosophy of space exploration and development."

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What is "the Mars Effect?"

October 27, 2016 by Frank White


I am beginning to see the outlines of what a "Mars Effect" might be.

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Is There a "Mars Effect?"

October 13, 2016 by Frank White


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The Impact of Contact (III)

October 04, 2016 by Frank White


We have considered what might happen to our society if we were contacted by an extraterrestrial civilization only a few hundred years ahead of us...

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The Impact of Contact (II)

September 24, 2016 by Frank White


While a significant amount of effort has gone into finding exoplanets and determining if they are habitable, much less work has been done on the impact...

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The Outer Space/Inner Space Interface (3)

August 20, 2016 by Frank White


Is the Overview Effect a spiritual experience? I am often asked this question.

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The Outer Space/Inner Space Interface (2)

July 28, 2016 by Frank White


Whenever we explore anything, we learn much more about ourselves.

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The Outer Space/Inner Space Interface

June 29, 2016 by Frank White


As I noted in my most recent post, one of the tasks for the Human Space Program is to consider the interface between...

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The Human Space Program: 20 Projects

June 12, 2016 by Frank White


When I posed the idea of the Human Space Program in the first edition of The Overview Effect, it seemed to me that it would a good idea to offer...

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The Human Space Program (IV)

June 02, 2016 by Frank White


In working on my current book, The Cosma Hypothesis, I have been giving a lot of thought to exactly what the Human Space Program would look like.

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The Human Space Program (III)

May 13, 2016 by Frank White


Think of the Human Space Program as a "central project" for all of humanity, a way to harness the best energies of the best minds and hearts on our planet...

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The Human Space Program (II)

May 06, 2016 by Frank White


The purpose of the Human Space Program, in my mind, is to lay out a strategy for exploring and developing the solar system that is consistent with...

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The Human Space Program (Part One)

April 27, 2016 by Frank White


In each edition of my book, I have proposed and discussed the idea that humanity create a Human Space Program...

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The "Wecosystem" (Part I)

April 23, 2016 by Frank White


Recently, I have been working on a new book called The Cosma Hypothesis.

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Closing Comments at Launch of "Academy in Space Initiative"

April 20, 2016 by Frank White


The following are my closing comments at the event at Framingham State University that launched the "Academy in Space Initiative..."

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Opening Remarks at Launch of Academy in Space Initiative

April 14, 2016 by Frank White


The following are a portion of my opening remarks at the launch of the Academy in Space Initiative at Framingham State University on April 6, 2016...

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Liftoff!

April 08, 2016 by Frank White


The Academy in Space Initiative had a great launch on April 6 at Framingham State University.

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The Academy in Space Initiative (Part IV)

April 03, 2016 by Frank White


The Academy in Space Initiative will launch on April 6, 2016, at Framingham State University, 100 State Street, Framingham, MA 01701 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

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The Academy in Space Initiative (Part III)

March 31, 2016 by Frank White


For too long, the space exploration enterprise has been cordoned off and seen as the province of "space advocates."

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The Academy in Space Initiative (Part II)

March 20, 2016 by Frank White


In my view, the Academy in Space Initiative (AISI) should look at all the pertinent questions about space exploration and development that are not be asked...

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Academy in Space Initiative

March 14, 2016 by Frank White


For the past 35-plus years, I have been working on an initiative that seems finally to be coming to fruition.

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The Passing of Edgar Mitchell

February 18, 2016 by Frank White


I met Edgar in 1986, when I was conducting interviews with astronauts for the first edition of my book...

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The View from Mars and the Copernican Perspective (Part III)

January 31, 2016 by Frank White


In my previous post, I said that the early Martian settlers might become frustrated as they experienced the Copernican Perspective...

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The View from Mars and the Copernican Perspective (Part II)

January 19, 2016 by Frank White


We cannot predict, with any certainty, the impact on human thought, of seeing the Earth from Mars, but we can make some educated guesses.

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The View from Mars and The Copernican Perspective (Part I)

January 09, 2016 by Frank White


Humanity is going to Mars.

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What the SpaceX Accomplishment Means

December 15, 2015 by Frank White


Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, has now safely landed a rocket that was once in orbit, which means that it can be used again.

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Is Experiencing the Overview Effect a Human Right?

September 13, 2015 by Frank White


Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, I have been developing the theory of the Overview Effect, and thinking about this phenomenon.

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SETI Goes Mainstream

September 05, 2015 by Frank White


Within a couple of days of one another, two announcements helped to bring the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence into the mainstream media in a big way.

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Thoughts on the Third Edition of The Overview Effect

January 15, 2015 by Frank White


Why is it that The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution is now in its third edition?

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The Overview Effect, third edition Now Available

October 19, 2014 by Frank White


The latest edition of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution is now available for purchase...

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Earth Day and the Overview Effect

April 22, 2012 by Frank White


While I enjoy Earth Day and the outpouring of love and caring for our beautiful planet, I always find myself a bit sad this day as well.

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Race for Space: The Overview Effect

March 21, 2012 by Frank White


I have entered this contest as a means of promoting awareness of the importance of the Overview Effect.

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Space Contest and the Overview Effect

March 19, 2012 by Frank White


I just entered a contest to take a suborbital hop into space on a private spacecraft.

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A University on the Moon? Talk About Higher Education!

February 06, 2012 by Frank White


I recently had a long talk with Lynn Harper, who works for NASA and is one of the most original thinkers about space exploration that I know.

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The Overview Effect and Language

November 28, 2011 by Frank White


The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that our language may be the biggest barrier to our understanding of who we are...

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The Overview Effect and the "Facebook Revolutions"

November 27, 2011 by Frank White


As we have watched the uprisings that began in the Middle East and have now spread around the world, much has been made of the role that online technologies...

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The Overview Effect and Cognitive Dissonance

May 29, 2011 by Frank White


At the most recent ISDC conference, I made a "virtual presentation" on the Overview Effect and Cognitive Dissonance.

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Summit Conference of Philanthropists

September 22, 2010 by Frank White


One of the most persistent ideas that emerged from my interviews with astronauts was the concept of summit conferences in space.

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Points of View and the Overview

September 21, 2010 by Frank White


As I look at the political debate going on in the United States, I realize that each side is coming from a "point of view," and no one has an Overview.

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Writing from Orbit

July 27, 2010 by Frank White


As I wrote in The Overview Effect, it would be good for as many people as possible to experience the Effect. ..

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Uniting the Space Community

May 26, 2010 by Frank White


The current debate over President Obama's plan for space exploration does not appear to directly affect the work of the Overview Institute...

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We Need an "Earth Corps"

February 07, 2010 by Frank White


Like everyone else, I have been saddened by the impact of the recent earthquake on the people of Haiti.

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A New Paradigm for Space Exploration

February 02, 2010 by Frank White


President Obama has now made the most important decision of his presidency.

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Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Overview Effect

December 20, 2009 by Frank White


If ever there was a situation that needed "overview thinking," it's the current debate over climate change and global warming.

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Another Big Decision

December 12, 2009 by Frank White


President Obama was criticized for taking so long to make a decision about Afghanistan.

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The Overview Effect for Everyone

December 07, 2009 by Frank White


Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic is scheduled today to unveil the spacecraft that will carry thousands of people into orbit, starting in a few years.

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Water on the Moon: What Next?

November 27, 2009 by Frank White


NASA recently ran an experiment in which they crashed a spacecraft into a lunar crater to see if they might detect water there. As it turned out, they did...

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The Human Space Program

November 03, 2009 by Frank White


In The Overview Effect, I proposed a "Human Space Program" that would be global in scope, and would transcend all national programs.

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Big Space, Little Space

September 23, 2009 by Frank White


Portions of the Augustine Commission's report to President Obama have now been made available, and it appears to me that they have gotten some of it right.

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The Augustine Commission

September 08, 2009 by Frank White


The Augustine Commission is about to make its report to President Obama on options for NASA in the future.

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Living in Space

August 04, 2009 by Frank White


If you ask most "space enthusiasts" whether they would like to live in space, they will say, "Yes!"

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What Apollo Was About

August 02, 2009 by Frank White


I was watching the Apollo 11 celebration last night, and I saw something significant as I looked at the logo for the 40th anniversary of the landing.

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Wow: NASA TV!

July 27, 2009 by Frank White


I've become a fan of NASA TV.

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Moon or Mars? Why Not Both?

July 20, 2009 by Frank White


It has seemed to me that the media has decided that the best way to entertain viewers is to have a debate called "Moon vs. Mars."

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Isn't It Interesting?

July 19, 2009 by Frank White


Yes, isn't it interesting that, at the moment when the Obama Administration is expanding the government's reach...

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A Major Milestone

July 18, 2009 by Frank White


We have just passed a major milestone on the current shuttle flight: the 500th human being has now flown into space.

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Apollo 11 Revisited

July 15, 2009 by Frank White


Last night, I watched some of NASA's coverage of the Apollo 11 mission, and of the missions that led up to it.

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Seeing the Earth from the Moon: The Impact of the Overview Effect

July 12, 2009 by Frank White


Most space exploration advocates are disappointed that the United States did not pursue a more assertive space policy after Apollo 11.

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Why We Stopped at the Moon

July 11, 2009 by Frank White


Apollo 11 represented an incredible triumph of human ingenuity. Less than a decade after President Kennedy announced...

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Apollo 11's 40th Anniversary

July 10, 2009 by Frank White


On July 20, we will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

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Direct TV and the Overview Effect

May 19, 2009 by Frank White


I recently heard that DirectTV is now offering a channel that provides a direct feed from a satellite of views of the Earth from orbit.

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The Overview Effect

March 05, 2009 by Frank White


The Overview Effect is the experience of seeing the Earth from space and realizing the inherent unity and oneness everything on the planet.

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"We're All in this Together": Part Two

March 20, 0202 by Frank White


In an earlier version of this post, I talked about a phrase had come unbidden into my mind: “The virus is the immune system of the planet.”

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