Tale of two astronauts: One says protect Earth, other denies climate change

Former astronaut Leland Melvin (left) believes decision-makers who affect the climate should get a chance to look at Earth from space, while another, Dr Harrison Schmitt (right), questions the widespread scientific consensus that global warming is da
Former astronaut Leland Melvin (above) believes decision-makers who affect the climate should get a chance to look at Earth from space, while another, Dr Harrison Schmitt, questions the widespread scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ST FILE
Former astronaut Leland Melvin (left) believes decision-makers who affect the climate should get a chance to look at Earth from space, while another, Dr Harrison Schmitt (right), questions the widespread scientific consensus that global warming is da
Former astronaut Leland Melvin believes decision-makers who affect the climate should get a chance to look at Earth from space, while another, Dr Harrison Schmitt (above), questions the widespread scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ST FILE

Leaving Earth transforms your view of it, say astronauts, many of whom return to the surface with a radically changed outlook on the planet.

This is why eight astronauts are interviewed in One Strange Rock, an ambitious new National Geographic series about the fragile wonders of the Earth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2018, with the headline 'Tale of two astronauts: One says protect Earth, other denies climate change'. Print Edition | Subscribe