Scientists explain astronauts' feeling of awe

Scientists explain astronauts' feeling of awe

Scientists have analyzed the statements that astronauts have made when they see Earth from above, and landed on a common, powerful theme: a sense of awe and transcendence. David Yaden, a research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, examined the quotations from astronauts that appeared in places like interviews or books. The awe the scientists detected “seems to be triggered by viewing Earth from orbit,” Yaden told FoxNews.com. “It seemed to be this unique context for triggering this very overwhelming experience.” While feelings of awe and transcendence— a connection to something much bigger— are frequently associated with religion, what’s interesting about awe in spaceflight, Yaden said, is that it occurs in a scientific, secular context. Read More: Fox News
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