Dreaming of Space– 19 October 2012
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After reading the post Small by Alex MacCaw I was moved to recount a dream I had recently because the experience was similar to that described in the post.
Two nights ago while I slept, for the first time I had a dream about going into space on the shuttle. I have wanted to go into space since I was a child, so in my dream I was extremely excited about going into space.
I dreamt of the launch, the G-Forces, the adrenaline rush, and finally the sky turning from blue to black as we escaped the atmosphere.
Then the shuttle turned over so we could see the Earth. As the cockpit window rotated and Earth came into view, the feeling of sheer terror washed over me as I saw how small the planet looked. I had a panic attack in my dream from looking back down at Earth.
I woke up a few minutes later as if from a nightmare. It was the strangest experience, and the imagery and feelings are extremely vivid in my memory. I wonder if humans have an innate emotional response to this size perspective, but this seems somewhat related to the Overview Effect described in the article.— Fin.