Chuck Yeager, 1st to break sound barrier, dies at 97
Gen. Charles Yeager talks to members of the media following a re-enactment flight commemorating his breaking of the sound barrier 65 years earlier, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at age 97. Yeager died Monday, his wife, Victoria Yeager, said on his Twitter account. Among the flights he made after breaking the sound barrier was one on Dec. 12. President Harry S. Truman awarded him the Collier air trophy in December 1948 for his breaking the sound barrier. ___This version corrects that Yeager flew an F-15, not an X-15, when he was 79.
'The Real Right Stuff' film trades actors for archival footage as series companion
About halfway through "The Real Right Stuff," the new National Geographic documentary now on Disney Plus soars past the stories told by the eight-episode series for which it serves as a companion. "The Real Right Stuff," directed and produced by filmmaker Tom Jennings, offers archival footage and an original orchestral score in place of the actors and set pieces that comprise "The Right Stuff" docudrama . Related: These astronauts read 'The Right Stuff' and flew in space“The Real Right Stuff," a new National Geographic documentary from director Tom Jennings, serves as the nonfiction companion to the episodic docudrama "The Right Stuff." collectSPACE (cS): National Geographic's press materials for "The Real Right Stuff" tout the rarely-seen footage you were able to find for the film. National Geographic's "The Real Right Stuff" from director Tom Jennings debuted on Nov. 20 and is available now to stream on Disney Plus .space.com
'The Right Stuff' recap: This is not a game ('Single Combat Warrior')
Related: These astronauts read 'The Right Stuff' and flew in spaceEpisode 3: 'Single Combat Warrior'The Mercury astronauts go for a spin on the Multiple-Axis Space Test Inertia Facility, or MASTIF, in the third episode of the National Geographic series "The Right Stuff" now on Disney Plus. Chris Kraft (Eric Ladin) is presiding over Mercury Mission Control when, just seconds into a launch, the rocket goes awry. Mercury Mission Control is up and running, when Kraft arrives. Alarms go off in mission control, as the spectators outside see the Atlas explode in a fireball. The scene showing the Mercury astronauts inspecting the capsule may be an homage to the 1983 Philip Kaufman movie by the same title.space.com
The best space books on sale for Prime Day
From the astrophysical topics to the inspiring tales of women in space, we'll compiled the best space books that are on Amazon and on sale right now — just in time for Prime Day. We'll update this page throughout Amazon Prime Day with more deals for space fans as we see them, so don't forget to check back period to see what we find! Prime Day officially starts Oct. 13 at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) — though the early deals have already begun. The deals are only available to people with an Amazon Prime account. Amazon Prime Day 2020: The Best Space Deals to Watch"Dr.space.com
'The Right Stuff' lifts off on Disney Plus, takes flight from book, film
National Geographic's "The Right Stuff" on Disney+ is based on the previous works of the same title, including journalist Tom Wolfe's 1979 best-selling book and director Philip Kaufman's 1983 feature film. Like the Disney Plus series in which they appear, the cast of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff" drew inspiration from Tom Wolfe's 1979 bestselling book by the same title and director Philip Kaufman's 1983 film adaptation of the same. Related: These astronauts read 'The Right Stuff' and flew in spacePersonal 'stuff'Adams, who portrays first American in orbit John Glenn, was given Wolfe's book by his father, who like the author was a journalist. Trotter also received Wolfe's "The Right Stuff" when he was a boy. O'Donoghue, who plays astronaut Gordon Cooper, got his copy of "The Right Stuff" at an unrelated meeting with Appian Way, even before they began developing it as a project.space.com
New this week: Patty Smyth, 'The Right Stuff' and 'Time'
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company has curated an album focused on social justice to be released Friday. — It’s taken nearly three decades but Scandal rocker Patty Smyth is releasing her first album of original material on Friday. Fans of that show will find similar style, cars, clothes and alpha male energy in “The Right Stuff,” an eight-part series based on Tom Wolfe's book. The show, about demon-hunting brothers Dean and Sam Winchester (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki), debuted the same year as YouTube.
Writer Gail Sheehy, author of Passages, dies at 83
Sheehy, widow of New York magazine founder Clay Felker, died Monday of complications from pneumonia in Southampton, New York, according to her daughter, Maura Sheehy. She would continue with The Silent Passage (menopause), New Passages (life after 50), Understanding Mens Passages (a midlife resource for men) and Passages in Caregiving (caring for family members). Sheehy told her own story in the 2014 memoir Daring: My Passages.When not writing books, Sheehy was a popular lecturer and television commentator and a well-traveled journalist specializing in psychological portraits of public figures. For New York magazine, Vanity Fair and other publications, she interviewed everyone from Bill and Hillary Clinton to Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev. (Sheehy and Felker later adopted a girl, Momh).
New literary prize is $50,000 honor for best New York story
NEW YORK A new literary award with a $50,000 cash prize will honor those best at telling a New York story. Wolfson and Tusk are funding the prize themselves and have committed to at least 10 years. Starting next spring, the award will be presented to a book, fiction or nonfiction, published in a given calendar year that is about New York City or takes place there. Celebrated works of the past that would have fit that category include Robert Caro's The Power Broker, Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities and Toni Morrison's Jazz.Jurors for the Gotham prize include filmmaker Ric Burns, poet Safina Sinclair and former New York City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott. The deadline for submissions for the 2020 prize is Nov. 1.