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On the set of Destination Moon, 1950, by LIFE (30+ photos)









Destination Moon (a.k.a. Operation Moon) is a 1950 American Technicolor space exploration science fiction film, independently made by George Pal, 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.





With Destination Moon, George Pal produced the first major U.S. science fiction film to deal with the dangers inherent in human space travel and the possible difficulties of America’s first lunar mission landing on and safely returning from our only natural satellite.