As part of World Space Week, Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming documentary, “The Space Race”, which is going to be coming to Disney+ in February 2024.

National Geographic Documentary Films, “The Space Race”, takes a new look at the Space Age through the untold stories of Black astronauts.  In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy selected a young test pilot named Edward Joseph “Ed” Dwight Jr. to become the first African-American astronaut. While Ed was ultimately not selected by NASA, his cultural impact paved the way for those that followed.

“The Space Race” weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden among many others. Addressing the racial injustice within NASA across several decades, the film will follow these pioneers who fought to overcome not just the obstacles of their astronaut training but also the challenges that stemmed from the racial prejudice and discrimination present at the time. “The Space Race” will highlight how their perseverance challenged the definition of “the right stuff,” even when their stories were omitted from the history books.

Check out the Meet Ed Dwight trailer below:


“The Space Race” is a feature film that will uncover the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers and scientists to become astronauts. Frank Marshall and Tony Rosenthal of The Kennedy/Marshall Company are set to executive produce, along with Carolyn Bernstein of National Geographic Documentary Films and Leland Melvin. The project will be produced by Kennedy/Marshall’s Alexandra Bowen and Aly Parker, Diamond Docs’ Mark Monroe and independent producer Keero Birla. Monroe will also serve as the film’s writer.

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