Ever wonder what astronauts experience when they see Earth from space? Now you have your chance with Bella Gaia, a 70-minute collaborative film between NASA and award-winning director and classically trained violinist Kenji Williams. The artistic performance combines music, art and science to convey the delicate interconnected balance of our planet, and hopefully, encourage people to save the Earth from the effects of pollution, climate change and the rising human population.
Watch Williams talk about his work with NASA to present earth science in a new way:
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Williams first got involved with NASA after he presented earth science visualizations to a score of music he composed.
“The scientists were blown away seeing their own work and research in a completely different context,” Williams explained. “They really understood my pitch … that you really have to present science in an engaging way that captures our right brain and left brain.”
Then, Bella Gaia, which means “Beautiful Earth,” was born. The multimedia journey of our world expresses the beauty of planet Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts by successfully simulating space flight.
Watch Williams further explain the mission behind Bella Gaia:
The combination of media, Williams believes speaks to what he calls the “video game generation.” By using almost no words, all music and all visual,” viewers are taken on a complete journey of our planet.
“My mission with Bella Gaia is to illuminate this connection between humans and nature, that our actions, no matter how small, affect other things,” Williams said. “Hopefully people appreciate our planet to be better stewards of our shared resources on Planet Earth. This is the only home we have. We have to take care of it.”
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