The Right Stuff is an American historical drama television series, loosely based on the 1979 book of the same name by Tom Wolfe and its 1983 movie adaptation, that premiered on 09 October 2020 on Disney+.
It explores the origins and growth of the United States’ space programme.
NASA holds a press conference to announce that Shepard, Grissom and Glenn will be the “first team” to be launched into space, though they deny that there’s a ranking order for the three. Glenn realises that keeping the order secret means that NASA can still change their mind and, despite his wife’s Annie’s disapproval, writes letters to NASA about Shepard’s misconduct.
Two months before launch, PSAC requests extensive tests of the astronauts. Despite Shepard’s ear problem, his demonstration is a success. Slayton is taken out of Seven when his heart arrhythmia is discovered.
Shepard’s launch is delayed for a test launch with a chimpanzee. The test is successful, but the delay allows the Russians to be the first to send a man into space, with Yuri Gagarin.
The Right Stuff Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 06 November 2020.
- Running Time: 45 minutes (without adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.