TV network ABC has announced that Astronaut Wives Club, the new drama series which stars Irish actress Dominique McElligott, will premiere in the US on June 18. 

The series tells the story of the spouses of the men involved in the space race and is based on Lily Koppel's non-fiction book of the same name.

McElligott, whose credits include Hell on Wheels, The Guard, Leap Year, Moon, RAW and On Home Ground, plays Louise Shepard, the wife of the first American in space, Alan Shepard.

The Shepards, who passed away within five weeks of each other in 1998, were married for 53 years.