“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.
A documentary companion piece to the Disney+ space drama captures the lives of of the lives of the first astronauts.