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Broadcast 1891 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on November 11th, 2012
Guest: Frank White
Guest: Frank White. Topics: The Overview Effect 25 years later, still growing and expanding strong. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Frank White back to the program to discuss The Overview Effect twenty-five years after he identified it in his famous book by that name. Frank both described and explained what is meant by the Overview Effect, he talked about the astronauts he interviewed, their own work, and the new updated version he is working on for the AIAA. He also told us about the Overview Institute ( In this first segment, the listeners asked him questions about long duration spaceflight and being unable to see Earth as the astronauts move further away from our planet, they asked about gender differences with the Overview Effect, and the difficulty that seems to exist for many people in taking their experience from space and communicating it to others. Frank told us about the upcoming film produced by a UK group, "Overview" and that it might be streamed live from Harvard at its premiere on Dec. 7th. Frank will provide The Space Show details about this and I will be sure to announce the details on future Space Show programs. In our second segment, Frank told us about his work regarding educational outreach with the Overview Effect with a UK group, Space Synapse ( We talked about possible use of the overview concept by NASA and national space agencies as well as in private/commercial space activities. Frank then told us about his Kindle book on Amazon, "The New Camelot." You can find it at Please remember if you purchase the book with this URL, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF. Frank explained how he came to write this particular book and the significance of Camelot with President Kennedy and our Moon program. In this book, Mr. White puts forth a new interpretation of the Apollo Moon program by comparing our early astronauts to the Knights of King Arthur's Round Table. Frank suggests that the Overview Effect might just be the "holy grail" of our lifetime. We talked about the possibility of the Camelot analogy spilling over to both LBJ and Nixon. Near the end of the program, Tim called to give us a thumbs down on international cooperation in space missions, particularly if they are designed mainly for diplomacy. The three of us had an interesting discussion about international cooperation in space. Toward the end, we talked about looking forward to the private sector as the main driver for HSF and going out into space. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach Frank White through me if you want to send him an email.

About our guest...

Frank White
Frank White is a writer who has spent much of his career thinking about the implications of space exploration for human evolution. He has authored a total of 10 books, including: The Overview Effect, The SETI Factor, The New Camelot, March of the Millennia and Think About Space (with Isaac Asimov), The Ice Chronicles (with Paul Mayewski), and Decision: Earth, a novel. Frank’s latest book, The New Camelot, offers a new interpretation of the Apollo program, comparing the Apollo astronauts to King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, and suggesting that the Overview Effect is the “holy grail” of our time. Recent developments in both governmental and non-governmental space exploration efforts appear to vindicate many of the ideas that were initially explicated in The Overview Effect. Frank is now working on a revision of that work, focusing on trends that have begun to appear since the first edition came out in 1987. He is a cofounder of the Overview Institute, established in part to carry forward the work that began with publication of his book, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

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