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Published on Jan 7, 2009
Some nifty miniature work in in this scene from Fritz Lang's underrated science fiction classic "Woman In The Moon" (Frau Im Mond) from 1929 (A.K.A. "rocket to the moon").
Featuring the talents of Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus,Fritz Rasp, and Klaus Pohl.
It should be noted that during the third reich, which happened a few years after the movie was made, the nazis had the models destroyed and the film withdrawn from release. They considered the rocket to be too close to reality. It was after all, designed by none other than Hermann Oberth, one of the fathers of rocketry and astronautics, who was also Wernher Von Braun's teacher, boss and collaborator.
A lot of contemporary science went into the making of Woman In The Moon. It shows the very first ever countdown to launch of a rocket. An idea invented as a dramatic device for the movie, but later adopted in real life. Also depicted for the first time are the use of liquid rocket fuel, a rocket with two stages, and zero gravity in space.
Of course, there were also bad calls, like the submerged launch and the moon atmosphere.
Woman in the moon was the first "serious" science fiction film.