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This film shows the first countdown to the launch of a rocket - not just the first one in a movie, but the first ever; it was invented as a dramatic device for the movie. Previously, all launches were begun with a count upward from zero to a designated number (usually ten). Also depicted for the first time are the use of liquid rocket fuel, a rocket with two stages, and zero gravity in space.
Ingenieur Hans Windegger:
There is only one longing! Back to earth!
Though many of the mistakes about space and the moon could be excused given our limited knowledge at the time this was filmed, the use of a fountain pen in space should have been known to not work. Fountain pens, or specifically the bladders of ink in them, tend to crack or leak everywhere even in regular air flight. This was known even in the 1920s.
Fritz Rasp is billed in the opening credits as "Der Mann, der sich Walter Turner nennt" or "The man who calls himself Walter Turner."
The film was given a release from Kino Internation on DVD, running a length of 169 minutes. The 2000 restoration runs 200 minutes. The original showing in the United States ran 156 minutes and was later cut to 95 minutes.
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