Nat Geo One Strange Rock star Mae Jemison, “We’re connected”

By Gabrielle Pantera @gpantera

Premieres March 26th, 2018, examines the Earth from space with astronauts

Astronaut Mae Jemison.
photo National Geographic/ Stewart Volland

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2018/3/24 – “What I’m hoping One Strange Rock does as it takes us through the story of Earth’s lifelessness becoming life, what we see going to many different countries, seeing different cultures, seeing different from the smallest microbes to the largest mammals, that we belong here, that we’re connected,” says One Strange Rock star Mae Jemison.” So as people are able to do that, then, hopefully, they’ll be able to understand that they have a responsibility and they also have the power and the authority and the right to intervene and do something so that this remains our home.”


“For me, when I was in space, the first thing I saw from space was Chicago, my hometown,’ says Jemison. “And I remember being a little girl. And when I was able to recognize the city outline so clearly, because you had this that humans had done, where they had actually changed the way the planet is. But I had this connection back there in Chicago when I was a little girl that it felt right that I could be on this Earth. It felt right that I could be in space. And it felt right that I could be in a star system 10,000 light years away, and what that meant, that I was a part of this universe.”

Hosted by Will Smith, the documentary encompasses astronomy, anthropology, biology, chemistry and physics. One Strange Rock is a 10-part documentary about earth from an astronauts perspective.


  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to command the ISS. And he orbited the Earth three times.
  • Astronaut Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to reach space. And she just celebrated the 25th anniversary of her mission aboard the Endeavor.
  • Astronaut Jeff Hoffman was on the first mission to reach the Hubble Space Telescope station and  been in space five times.
  • Astronaut Jerry Linenger spent nearly five months on the Russian space station Mir. He survived the most severe fire ever aboard an orbiting spacecraft.
  • Astronaut Leland Melvin the only person ever drafted into the NFL and has been to space twice.
  • Astronaut Mike Massimino is the first person to send a tweet from space, and flew on two Space Shuttle missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Nicole Stott – Astronaut and aquanaut was the first to paint in space. She’s logged 104 days in space and nearly three weeks on Aquarius undersea habitat.
  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson recently completed her third journey to space. She set a record for the most days, 665, in space. She was featured on the March cover of National Geographic Magazine.

Jane Root’s production studio Nutopia produced Planet Earth and wanted to do something new.  Root was given the idea from a conversation with Vanessa Berlowitz who worked on Planet Earth. Darren Aronofsky directs.

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