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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: One Strange Rock

“So many things had to go right for our planet to support life.”

On March 26, 2018, National Geographic launched the first episode of its documentary series, One Strange Rock,  directed by award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. It explores the story of Earth through the eyes of eight former astronauts, who have a unique perspective of our world. In this exclusive coverage, Thomson Reuters Sustainability identifies their individual takeaways from the series. 

A preview of the first episode in One Strange Rock – “Gasp”

Thomson Reuters Sustainability: “What single take-away do you hope the audience keeps from the experience of this amazing program?”

Mae Jemison:

“I hope that the audience will be imbued with a sense of the history of the Earth, its formidable life systems and that while we are each wildly unique, we are inextricably tied to each other and the ecological system in which we evolved.”

Chris Hadfield: 

“This strange rock we call Earth is our ship, carrying us all through space. It provides everything we need, and understanding how it does that is critical to our health and survival. Seeing the world as our one, shared place is what One Strange Rock does best for us all.”

Chris reflects on the experience of his first spacewalk.

Mike Massimino: 

“When I looked at the Earth from space, I realized that it is a miraculous home. So many things had to go right for our planet to support life.  But it is fragile and our only option right now.  We need to take care of it.”

Leland Melvin: 

“I hope they hear our stories and see this incredible rock in an entirely different way. A way in which they fall in love and want to take care of her, and all of us.”

Nicole Stott: 

“I’d like them to take advantage of the opportunity they have through ‘One Strange Rock’ to be re-introduced to the wonder of our planet and go forward as Earthlings in awe of this very special place we share as home.”


Read our interview with Dr. Mae Jemison, one of the featured astronauts, here. 

For more information on One Strange Rock, visit National Geographic.

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