National Geographic on Monday dropped the official trailer for its forthcoming feature-length documentary “The Space Race,” which weaves together “the untold story of the first Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach the stars.” It’s directed by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and the Emmy-winning Lisa Cortes, who also produce along with Alexandra Bowen, Ally Parker, Mark Monroe and Kiro Birla. Together, they profile the Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to drive forward the space program “even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth.” Watch the trailer above.
The 91-minute “The Space Race” debuts February 12 on National Geographic before streaming on Disney+ and Hulu the following day.
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From 1963, when the assassination of President John F. Kennedy thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA “is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men.” Written by Monroe, the doc features Guion Bluford (credit as the first Black astronaut in space) along with space pioneers Dwight, Charles Bolden, Victor Glover, Frederick Gregory, Bernard Harris, Leland Melvin, Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez and Jessica Watkins.
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