Nearly six decades after NASA successfully sent its first astronaut into space, restoring the world’s faith in the US space programme, Disney+ ventures back to the very beginning of the high-stakes space race era with the premiere of The Real Right Stuff on November 20th.
The documentary tells the true story of the nation’s first astronauts, the original Mercury 7, and pulls from hundreds of hours of archival film and radio broadcasts, interviews, home movies and other rare and never-before-seen material to catapult viewers back to the late 1950s.
The two-hour documentary, from National Geographic, complements the Disney+ original scripted series The Right Stuff which will premiere its season finale on the same day.
Directed and produced by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings, The Real Right Stuff is an account of NASA’s Project Mercury programme, which revolutionised America’s role in human space exploration and inspired future generations of space enthusiasts. Free of modern-day narration and interviews, the special uses Jennings’ signature style to give viewers unparalleled access to the early days of the space race.