Hosted by Will Smith, National Geographic tells the unique story of Earth and why there really is no place like home. National Geographic has had shows about animals, cultures and science, but what’s exciting about One Strange Rock is how the producers and directors take the astronomy, physics and anthropology and blend everything together to talk about this home we’re all sharing.
An elite eight group of astronauts give their personal memoirs of our planet Earth, as they’ve seen in from space. Among this team is Peggy Whitson, who has spent 665 days in space, and Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station and the only Canadian to have ever boarded the Russian Space Station Mir while in orbit.
Astronaut Jeff Hoffman said One Strange Rock brings Earth out of this 2-D experience, and shows you extraordinary imagery through National Geographic’s storytelling.
“Earth is meant to be seen from space, that’s what this show does. It shows Earth as a planet, it’s not this safe place, it’s a beautiful planet that we are orbiting amongst all this chaos” Hoffman said.
The producers said their goal is to have the audience see Earth in a new way with fresh eyes. Even with the life and death dangers of flying into space, every astronaut agreed it’s worth taking the risk for.
“All of us have risked our lives multiple times, but we get to see the world more clearly. It’s something I’ll have with me for the rest of my life. This show is a way we get to bring it back to the audience. It’s a great privilege to be a part of this show and the organization it stands for” astronaut Chris Hadfield said.
ONE STRANGE ROCK 10-part series airs this March on the National Geographic channel.