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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell (1930–2016) was born in Texas and raised in Artesia, New Mexico.
Even before Mitchell walked on the moon, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Richard M. Nixon in 1970 for his role in helping rescue the Apollo 13 astronauts.
The Overview Effect 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.
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