Space the final frontier…or maybe the always fascinating and enlightening frontier. There’s something breathtaking and exciting about the unknown. While today there’s a plethora of information about the moon, fifty years ago it was so much about the giant rock that we just didn’t know.
Nearly six decades after NASA successfully sent its first astronaut into space, restoring the world’s faith in the U.S. space program, Disney+ ventures back to the very beginning of the high-stakes space race era with the premiere of “The Real Right Stuff” on Friday, Nov. 20.
There is renewed enthusiasm for exploring space around the world—but particularly in the United States.
From Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings, National Geographic’s The Real Right Stuff premieres tomorrow (November 20) on Disney+ and coincides with the season finale of The Right Stuff series. This documentary on the original Mercury 7 astronauts has no narration and no modern-day interviews and is comprised solely of archival footage. So what, exactly, goes into making a documentary like this?
Tom Wolfe’s novel, The Right Stuff, was first published in 1979. The book was made into a movie in 1983 and then a television series on Disney+ in 2020.
“The Real Right Stuff” catapults viewers back to the late 1950s to tell the story of the nation’s first astronauts, known as the Mercury 7. Interlacing archival news and radio reports, newly transferred and previously unheard NASA mission audio recordings, and rare and unseen material, this documentary immerses viewers in one of the most dramatic periods in American history.
Covering already well documented and adapted ground in an entertaining and innovative way, The Real Right Stuff is a familiar history lesson told in captivating fashion. A supplemental documentary to Disney and National Geographic’s recent limited and fictionalized retelling of the same events, The Real Right Stuff is composed exclusively of archival materials.
You might think there’s nothing left to discover about the Queen. After all, she is one of the most famous women in the world, one who has reigned for almost seven decades and whose life has been scrutinised and analysed from every angle possible.
Being the Queen chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II, using never-before-heard interview recordings from those who know her the best.
If you’ve been enjoying The Right Stuff, the new streaming series from Disney+ and National Geographic based on Tom Wolfe’s book of the same name, then you should definitely consider checking out The Real Right Stuff when it premieres this Friday. The documentary, directed and produced by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings, is the real story of America’s first astronauts, the seven men chosen for NASA’s Project Mercury.