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* CrazyPrepared: It's mentioned during the prologue that the rocket packs a hefty amount of additional fuel and resources, more than would be normally needed for this ship, just in case -- which makes an accidental travel to Mars pretty comfortable. [[spoiler:Then very painfully averted when it is discovered that the rocket's fuel reserve is not enough to make it to Earth safely and they are doomed to crash.]]


* SpaceFriction: Apparently when the engines stop in space, you're stranded and can't move.
** Justified, since a moonship ''does'' move slowest at the crossover point between Earth and Lunar gravity, which appears to be what the dialogue describes.

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* SpaceFriction: SpaceFriction:
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Apparently when the engines stop in space, you're stranded and can't move.
** *** Justified, since a moonship ''does'' move slowest at the crossover point between Earth and Lunar gravity, which appears to be what the dialogue describes.


** [[RealLifeWritesThePlot]] To avoid being sued by George Pal this Moon expedition goes to Mars instead. What the hell -- it's only 50 million miles away! The journey from Earth orbit to Mars takes days instead of months [[spoiler:and they still have enough fuel, water, oxygen and food to make it ''most'' of the way back]].

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** [[RealLifeWritesThePlot]] [[RealLifeWritesThePlot To avoid being sued by George Pal Pal]] this Moon expedition goes to Mars instead. What the hell -- it's only 50 million miles away! The journey from Earth orbit to Mars takes days instead of months [[spoiler:and they still have enough fuel, water, oxygen and food to make it ''most'' of the way back]].


* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: Averted in that [[CaliforniaDoubling California's Death Valley doubles for Mars]], which is actually quite similar (NASA tested some of its Mars equipment there). But apparently [[SpaceSuitsAreSCUBAGear war-surplus jumpsuits and oxygen masks]] are all you need to walk around on the surface.

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* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: Averted in that [[CaliforniaDoubling California's Death Valley doubles for Mars]], Mars, which is actually quite similar (NASA tested some of its Mars equipment there). But apparently [[SpaceSuitsAreSCUBAGear war-surplus jumpsuits and oxygen masks]] are all you need to walk around on the surface.



* CaliforniaDoubling: Death Valley for Mars.



** [[RealLifeWritesThePlot To avoid being sued by George Pal]] this Moon expedition goes to Mars instead. What the hell -- it's only 50 million miles away! The journey from Earth orbit to Mars takes days instead of months [[spoiler:and they still have enough fuel, water, oxygen and food to make it ''most'' of the way back]].

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** [[RealLifeWritesThePlot [[RealLifeWritesThePlot]] To avoid being sued by George Pal]] Pal this Moon expedition goes to Mars instead. What the hell -- it's only 50 million miles away! The journey from Earth orbit to Mars takes days instead of months [[spoiler:and they still have enough fuel, water, oxygen and food to make it ''most'' of the way back]].

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* IceQueen: After the doctor finishes his pre-flight medical check, Floyd notes ironically re Lisa: "The weaker sex -- the only one whose blood pressure is normal."

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* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Delivered entirely straight to TheChick, who chides the line-giver for thinking she should StayInTheKitchen.


* HollywoodScience: Glaringly obvious when compared to its rival ''DestinationMoon''. Rather than using advisors of the calibre of Creator/RobertAHeinlein and Chesley Bonestell, scriptwriter Kurt Neumann took his information from a 1949 ''Life'' magazine article which itself contained several scientific errors.

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* HollywoodScience: Glaringly obvious when compared to its rival ''DestinationMoon''.''Film/DestinationMoon''. Rather than using advisors of the calibre of Creator/RobertAHeinlein and Chesley Bonestell, scriptwriter Kurt Neumann took his information from a 1949 ''Life'' magazine article which itself contained several scientific errors.


* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The press conference scene before the launch; takes less time than ''Destination Moon'', but ''they'' had WoodyWoodpecker.

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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The press conference scene before the launch; takes less time than ''Destination Moon'', but ''they'' had WoodyWoodpecker.WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker.


* HandWave: To avoid expensive zero-G effects, the cabin rotates so the floor is always down (we are given a shot of the portholes being covered and uncovered in the process). They do lose gravity, [[HollywoodScience but only light objects are affected]].

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* HandWave: To avoid expensive zero-G effects, the cabin rotates so the floor is always down (we are given a shot of the portholes being covered and uncovered in the process). They do lose gravity, [[HollywoodScience but only light lightweight objects are affected]].


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Even for a Golden Age RetroRocket, the RXM looks [[FreudWasRight unusually phallic]].

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Even for a Golden Age RetroRocket, the RXM looks [[FreudWasRight unusually phallic]].phallic.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Several expedition members are killed by the Martians. The remainder return to Earth only to have their rocketship crash because they've no fuel to land, or even put themselves into orbit.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Several [[spoiler:(aka KillEmAll). Several expedition members are killed by the Martians. The remainder return to Earth only to have their rocketship crash because they've no fuel to land, or even put themselves into orbit.]]


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Even for a Golden Age RetroRocket, the RXM looks unusually phallic.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Even for a Golden Age RetroRocket, the RXM looks [[FreudWasRight unusually phallic.phallic]].


* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The only bright spot is that the Rocketship manages to contact Earth and tell the tale, and those on Earth decide to continue exploring in defiance to the tragedy.]]

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The only bright spot is that the Rocketship manages to contact Earth and tell the tale, and those on Earth decide to continue exploring in defiance to the tragedy. Tomorrow they start work on ''RX-M2'' (no, it's not a SequelHook).]]



* GoldFever: Dr Eckstrom notes "immense deposits of pitchblende", more valuable than gold at that early stage of the Atomic Age. You'd think being surrounded by the consequences of nuclear proliferation would give him pause.

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* GoldFever: The Fifties version -- Dr Eckstrom notes "immense deposits of pitchblende", more valuable than gold at that early stage of the Atomic Age. You'd think Age, though being surrounded by the consequences of nuclear proliferation would give gives him pause.


* GoldFever: Dr Eckstrom notes "immense deposits of pitchblende", more valuable than gold at that early stage of the Atomic Age. You'd think being surrounded by the consequences of nuclear proliferation would give him pause.



* {{Mutants}}: Though they look like HumanAliens.



** What should be an eight month trip to Mars takes only the time it takes the crew to wake up from being knocked out.

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** What should be an eight month trip to Mars takes only the time it takes the crew to wake up from being knocked out.days.


* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The only bright spot is that the Rocketship manages to contact Earth and tell the tale, and those on Earth decide to continue exploring in defiance to the tragedy.]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:aka KillEmAll. The bright spot is that the Rocketship manages to contact Earth and tell the tale, and those on Earth decide to continue exploring in defiance to the tragedy.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:aka KillEmAll. [[spoiler:Several expedition members are killed by the Martians. The bright spot is that the Rocketship manages remainder return to contact Earth and tell the tale, and those on Earth decide only to continue exploring in defiance have their rocketship crash because they've no fuel to the tragedy.land, or even put themselves into orbit.]]



* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: Several expedition members are killed by the Martians. The remainder return to Earth only to have their rocketship crash because they've no fuel to land, or even put themselves into orbit.]]

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