One Strange Rock

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  • TV-PG
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 8.8  (7,538)

In this docuseries, astronauts explain their perspectives on the planet Earth. The series attempts to explain what make Earth a unique place that's especially hospitable to life as we know it. The series airs on the National Geographic cable network.

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10. Home
May 28, 2018
After 665 weightless days in space, NASA's most experienced astronaut, Peggy Whitson, smashes through the atmosphere on her last journey home to planet Earth. With her first steps back on land, she encounters fresh air, blue skies, warm sun, and of course, gravity. With unprecedented filming on board the ISS during Peggy's final mission and with the support of our other featured astronauts, we reveal how their time in space transforms their understanding of our planet's wonders, insights that will change our perspective, too. There is no place like home. Or is there? Just how strange is our rock, and is it really unique in the universe? Astronaut host
9. Awakening
May 21, 2018
Of all life on Earth, how come we're the only ones with the smarts to leave our planet? For three billion years, nothing had a brain. Even today, over 90 percent of life doesn't need a brain to survive. So, what happened? How did our planet set in motion the chain of nearly impossible events that gave us our unique intelligence? The greatest mystery of all may be right between your ears. Astronaut host
8. Alien
May 14, 2018
All life on Earth started as single-cell bacteria and stayed like that for two billion years. So even if we do find alien life out there, what are the chances of that life being complex like us? On our strange rock, it's all down to a freak event, which accidentally happened when one cell ate another to create a kind of power pack for life. This almost miraculous event transforms Earth into a complex interconnected web based on a competition for food. And at the top of the pyramid sit we humans. Astronaut host
7. Terraform
May 7, 2018
Ever since life emerged, microbes, plants and animals have all sculpted the planet's surface and atmosphere in the strangest of ways: fish poop creates islands; dead animals create mountains; and plants help create continents. From rocks to rivers, life has crafted everything that makes our planet so special. But this power of change brings with it profound dangers. Life doesn't just create. It can also destroy. Astronaut host
6. Escape
April 30, 2018
Is it possible for intelligent life to escape destruction either from the planet or ourselves? Or are we destined for extinction like 99.9 percent of all species before us? Our best chance of survival may be to escape Earth and build another colony somewhere else. But there are real barriers: space radiation, microgravity and the bacteria inside us. And our DNA is coded for the conditions here on Earth, so if we ever manage to colonize another planet, those who are born there might evolve into another species. Astronaut host - Chris Hadfield.
5. Survival
April 23, 2018
Without the cycle of death and sacrifice, from cellular to planetary, life would not be here. From the deaths of stars to planetary scale mass extinctions and the sacrifice of individuals for a greater genetic good, this is the story of how life evolved hand in hand with death. Death drives evolution. It's hardwired; from our cells to our landscapes, our colorful living planet is only possible thanks to it. Death leads to opportunity and biodiversity, which ironically ensures life on the planet is never wiped out. It's not enough for our planet to be habitable; it also has to be lethal. Astronaut host
4. Genesis
April 16, 2018
Our rock is special; it's alive. Though the building blocks of life are common across the universe, life is rare. What is it about Earth that sets it apart? This is the story of dynamic forces and crazy coincidences that took a bunch of dead ingredients and transformed them into something as wondrously intricate as life. And if it happened here, could it happen elsewhere? Astronaut host
3. Shield
April 9, 2018
It's a David and Goliath story -- Earth's relationship with its greatest threat: our seemingly benign sun. Hurling devastating particles and deadly radiation at us, the sun is the big violent boss of the solar system. Without several shields, one generated by our unique planetary core, another by our atmosphere, and a third by our interconnected weather systems, life on Earth never would have survived. Astronaut host
2. Storm
April 2, 2018
Ever wonder how our planet got here? It was born in a cosmic storm and shaped by violence. Earth is a very lucky planet. We're only here because of random collisions in a dangerous cosmos. They could have destroyed us, but instead, that violence constructed a planet from the rubble of the early solar system; gave us oceans in a bombardment from the heavens; and brought order to our world. Astronaut host
1. Gasp
March 26, 2018
An astronaut's view of the incredible Earth systems that allow life to breathe is the focus of the series premiere.
One Strange Rock
One Strange Rock

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In this docuseries, astronauts explain their perspectives on the planet Earth. The series attempts to explain what make Earth a unique place that's especially hospitable to life as we know it. The series airs on the National Geographic cable network. One Strange Rock is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on March 26, 2018.

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One Strange Rock is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch One Strange Rock on demand at Disney+, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    March 26, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (7,538)