On ‘One Strange Rock,’ Former Astronaut Mae Jemison Delves into Life’s Origins

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On ‘One Strange Rock,’ Former Astronaut Mae Jemison Delves into Life’s Origins

As the late Carl Sagan once said, "We are made of star stuff." Everyone and every living thing is composed of atoms that were born inside stars and scattered across the universe through supernova explosions. So, how did those ingredients give rise to life on Earth? Former NASA astronaut and physician Mae Jemison tackles that question in a new episode of "One Strange Rock" tonight (April 16) on the National Geographic Channel.

The new documentary series tells the remarkable story of how Earth became life's home as we know it — and the only place in the universe known to sustain life — through a series of coincidental or "lucky" events in our planet's history. Eight veteran space travelers narrate the series, telling the story of our planet from the perspectives of a few of the people who have ever left it.

For the fourth episode, titled "Genesis," Jemison takes the lead, channeling her expertise as a former physician. Before Jemison became the first African-American woman to go into space, she was a medical officer for the Peace Corps. "As a child, I was fascinated by the question, 'Who am I? What am I?'" Jemison says in the episode. [7 Theories on the Origin of Life]

While researchers have yet to figure out how life first spawned on our planet, they have narrowed it down to three main ingredients: chemicals, water and energy. Exactly how those ingredients combined to create the first organisms on Earth is still up for debate.

Perhaps it all started with a spark of lightning, Jemison discusses in tonight's episode. Research has shown that sparks of electricity trigger a chemical reaction in the gases that are believed to have made up the atmosphere of primordial Earth. Such a reaction could have created the first amino acids —  the building blocks of life.

While you’re here, how about this:

Darren Aronofsky Promises ‘One Strange Rock’ Will Blow Your Mind ‘ The Contenders Emmys

The 10-part National Geographic series, which is produced by Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, explores the fragility of Earth and how everyone on the planet has something in common, with the help of astronauts who have traveled to outer space.

The series features eight astronauts as co-hosts, including Jeff Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut who traveled to outer space five times, and Nicole Stott, a retired astronaut who painted the first watercolor from space.

‘You really get a sense on a deep emotional level when you go up there,’ said Hoffman about his space travels as he joined Aronofsky on the Contenders stage along with executive producer Jane Root, whose Nutopia produced the series and brought Aronofsky aboard.

‘Each week, I guarantee there will be something that you’ve never heard before, that will blow a little part of your brain,’ he promised.

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On ‘One Strange Rock,’ Former Astronaut Mae Jemison Delves into Life’s Origins
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