Aqua-velvet has put together an evocative photo essay about the making of Destination Moon, the epochal science fiction film with script by Robert Heinlein.
The movie tells the story of a lunar landing financed by industrialists straight out of the books of Ayn Rand. The Apollo program would later prove big government’s capacity to reach for the stars. Heinlein’s story looks increasingly prescient today, however, amidst X-Prize competitions and executive vacations in space. But the film’s version of future cool—captured in these photographs by the great LIFE magazine photographer Allan Grant—is undeniably, timelessly elegant. As Aqua-Velvet notes, the entire film is available for download at the Internet Archive.