We all love to watch space-related movies, series, or documentaries. All the space missions of the 20th century, including the first spacecraft, the first human to enter space, or the first person to step on the moon, fascinate us in their unique way. The American Drama television series ‘The Right Stuff’ produced under National Geographic will premiere its pilot episode in the upcoming week.
BASED ON 1979 BOOK ‘THE RIGHT STUFF’
The Right Stuff is based on the 1979 book of the same name by Tom Wolfe. It will start with highlighting the lives of the first-ever American pilots who entered space to ending it with Armstrong and his crew landing on the Moon.
The series is inspired by Mercury 7, the first successful American mission to put men into space. Project Mercury carrying seven astronauts to orbit around the Earth and safely home is a very realistic and historical story. The Right Stuff will surely entertain the viewers with interesting facts and hidden stories behind these space missions.
STORY BEHIND PROJECT MERCURY
During the 1950s, in the post-war period, the Soviets were on a mission to reach space to beat a competition with the United States to get ahead of them in the line of technology. In 1961, The Soviets were victorious in achieving their goal with Vostok 1. The competition among both nations later turned out to be the beginning of the Cold War.
After the success of the Soviets, the United States was ready with its opposing mission Mercury 7. The project that started in 1958 was to win the Space Race with the Soviets, but they failed to be the first to reach space.
The Right stuff stars Patrick J. Adams (John Glenn) and Jake McDorman (Alan Shepard) playing the lead astronauts. The remaining co-pilots on the spacecraft were Gus Grissom (played by Michael Trotter), Scott Carpenter (played by James Lafferty), Deke Slayton (Micah Stock), Gordon Cooper (Colin O’Donoghue), and Wally Schirra (Aaron Staton).
PRIMARY FOCUS ON THE TEAMWORK OF ASTRONAUTS
The lives of these seven aspiring astronauts after their successful mission were changed. They were treated with immense respect and became instant celebrities. Nat Geo will show us the relationship between the astronauts and their families and their new lifestyles after the mission.
The debates and the teamwork of the crew members are seen as the primary focus of the first season of The Right Stuff. With their expertise, the astronauts and scientists brought glory to their country and made the first step towards humankind’s most remarkable achievement of the moon landing.
Tom Wolfe’s book also inspired the 1983 film The Right Stuff, directed by Philip Kaufman. Nat Geo announced the series to option the screen rights to Tom Wolfe’s novel instead of copying anything from the 1983 film.
DAVID NUTTER AS THE DIRECTOR OF PILOT EPISODE
The series is set to premiere on October 9th, 2020, on Disney Plus with David Nutter to direct the pilot episode. The fans have been expecting the producers to bring out the most prominent and heroic space missions of the 20th century in the later seasons of The Right Stuff.