The Right Stuff details the incredible story of America’s very first astronauts, the Mercury Seven, in its premiere on Disney+ today, Friday, October 9.
In 1959, a newly formed agency NASA was put up to the impossible task of catching up to the Soviet Union in the space race. By 1957, the Soviet Union had already launched the first artificial satellite into space, so NASA launched their search for America’s very first astronauts in an attempt to put the first manned aircraft into space.
Engineers estimated that getting the first man into space would take 10 years, but NASA was given just two years to complete the task. Project Mercury was set up to recruit these astronauts, and out of 508 of the top military pilots, just seven emerged to become the Mercury Seven.
In this new series, you’ll hear about a time when America thought our glory days were behind us, and the work that went into the historical achievement of launching our first astronaut into space.
Where can I watch it?
The Right Stuff is exclusively available on Disney+ ($6.99/month or $69.99/year). There’s also a Disney+ bundle option available, which includes access to Hulu (with ads) and ESPN+ for just $12.99/month.
What if I’m already a Hulu subscriber and want to add Disney+?
Sign up for Disney+ using the same email that’s associated with your Hulu account, no matter which type of Hulu account it is. You’ll still be charged for the full price for your Hulu account every month, but you will receive a $5.99 credit toward a Disney+ subscription.