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The Real Right Stuff

By Stephanie Myers, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Intriguing documentary about NASA's Mercury Program.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
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This documentary is an intriguing, comprehensive account of the seven men chosen to be the United States' first astronauts. Intended as a companion to Disney+'s dramatic series The Right Stuff, The Real Right Stuff examines the human side of the seven. It explores what happened after they were selected, their bravery and charisma, and how they became heroes not just in the United States, but around the world.

Even if you know nothing about the space program, the film offers an understanding of the rivalry between the USA and Soviet Union to be first in space exploration during the Cold War. The Mercury program was clearly a significant step in catapulting NASA's continued research within space exploration. The Real Right Stuff also shows how the astronauts' wives were heroes in their own right -- being strong and brave for their children, as well as the spokespeople for the media, all while waiting to learn the outcome of their husbands' missions. Whether you're a space enthusiast or not, The Real Right Stuff is an entertaining, fascinating look at the early days of NASA and how the U.S. space program came to fruition.

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