Join our groundbreaking mission with SpaceBuzz, an educational project to inspire children worldwide to become ambassadors of our planet through the experience of viewing Earth from space like an astronaut.
A global approach is needed to change the treatment of our home planet. Our mission is to use the ‘overview effect’ experienced by astronauts who have seen Earth from space, to create a change in perception among the next generation. Encouraged by ESA astronaut André Kuipers, this program helps children around the world realize both the beauty and the fragility of our planet, and make them ambassadors of planet Earth.
The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by astronauts during spaceflight, while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It 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.
Have children between the age of 9 to 12 years experience the overview effect in an immersive,state-of-the-art VR-experience in a custom made ‘spaceship’ that visits their schools: the SpaceBuzz!
The mission comprises both a prepatory astronaut training prior to the flight and a mission debriefing afterwards.
Being themselves a father and mother of ‘the next generation’, Zoran van Gessel (founder Bencis) and Helen Kuipers-Conijn (astronaut’s wife and director of SpacePlays) embraced the SpaceBuzz initiative of Hidde Hoogcarspel from the very start. Both Bas Beerens (founder Wetransfer and United Nations’ ‘Entrepreneur of the World 2016’) and ESA astronaut André Kuipers (André Kuipers Stichting/Space4Kids Club) join forces as members of the Committee of Recommendation.
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