National Geographic is coming out with a new documentary about the history of the first Black pilots, engineers, and scientists who became astronauts, and a new trailer for the feature reveals that these pioneers were not only in the U.S., but in the Russian space program as well.
The documentary, titled The Space Race, includes interviews with NASA astronauts past and present, as well as other pioneers in the field like Ed Dwight, whose candidacy to become the first Black astronaut in the early 1960s lost political support after Kennedy’s assassination. As the trailer also points out, the Russians had a Cuban of African descent, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, take part in their space program around the same time that NASA had three Black candidates—Ronald McNair, Guion Bluford, and Frederic Gregory—in their program.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Space Race will premiere on National Geographic on February 12, 2024, and will be available via streaming on Disney+ and Hulu the following day. Here’s the trailer as well as a poster for the documentary to keep your eyes on the stars until then: