Trivia: Destination Moon

  • Robert A. Heinlein contributed significantly to the script (which draws on his works Rocketship Galileo and the later-published The Man Who Sold the Moon) and served as a technical adviser.

  • Dueling Movies: Rocketship X-M stole this movie's thunder by rushing to the screens quicker than its more expensively produced rival. Interestingly the movies have diametrically opposite messages — Destination Moon is pro-nuclear, while Rocketship X-M has an anti-nuclear message (the crew lands on a Mars devastated by atomic war).
  • Shout-Out: In The B-52s' "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called The Moon)" they name the (nine) planets and then yell "Destination MooooOOOOOON!"
  • What Could Have Been: This reviewer put it best:
    Destination Moon created the great SF boom of the 1950s. It offered a single, wild leap of imagination that said the stars could be humanity’s for the taking. But despite the deluge of SF films that subsequently came almost none of them — excepting maybe Forbidden Planet (1956) — accepted the implicit challenge. Instead humanity’s attitude toward the stars contrarily became one that the sky was in imminent danger of falling on our heads, be it filled with alien invaders or atomic monsters.