Destination Moon (a.k.a. Operation Moon) is a 1950 American Technicolor science fiction film, independently produced by George Pal and directed by Irving Pichel, that stars John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, and Dick Wesson. The film was distributed in the United States and the United Kingdom by Eagle-Lion Classics.
When their latest rocket test fails and government funding collapses, rocket scientist Dr. Charles Cargraves (Warner Anderson) and space enthusiast General Thayer (Tom Powers) enlist the aid of aircraft magnate Jim Barnes (John Archer). With the necessary millions raised privately from a group of patriotic U.S. industrialists, Cargraves, Thayer, and Barnes build an advanced single-stage-to-orbit atomic powered spaceship, named Luna, at their desert manufacturing and launch facility.
|author||Robert A. Heinlein|
|award||Academy Award for Best Special Effects|
|genre||action adventure animation science fiction|
|keywords||advanced airlock appendicitis atlas atomic powered escape velocity force forced perspective free fall improvised land lose magnate manufacture nuclear propulsion open air radar radiation safety radio radio operator rocket scientist run single-stage-to-orbit space suit their way to the moon|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color Academy Award for Best Special Effects|
|producer||George Pal Walter Lantz|
|productionCompany||Walter Lantz Productions|
|theme||independent science fiction adventure|