“A Beautiful Planet,” gives moviegoers a never-before-seen glimpse of Earth from space and provides an increased understanding of our planet and galaxy. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a research lab, training facility and observatory, built in orbit by 16 countries and powered by the sun. From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion — a direct visualization of our changing world. As startling representations of such change, the deforestation in places like Madagascar and the Amazon, the nighttime scene of fracking fires in the Gulf of Mexico, and the glacial melting in Greenland are all visible from the ISS. But it is within our power to protect the planet. As we continue to explore and gain knowledge of our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. “A Beautiful Planet” presents a breathtaking view of Earth with footage conceived, in part, and shot by the astronauts aboard the ISS themselves; and through advanced computer visualization based on astronomical data processed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the film is a hopeful look into the future of humanity.
Take your students on an awe-inspiring trip around our world: a magnificent blue planet, dotted with gossamer clouds and gleaming in sunlight, whose beauty transforms and evolves with each passing day. We invite you and your students to look through the eyes of astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS), witnessing breathtaking views of Earth and taking a hopeful look into the future of humanity and beyond in A Beautiful Planet.