Overnight: Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

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ISS Space Station

I was reading earlier today about the firms of Lavazzo and Argotec building an espresso machine for the ISS - the International Space Station. It is to be called the ISSPresso.

The picture of the actual ISS is above. It got me thinking about how far we've come since 1968 when '2001: A Space Odyssey' was made.

Here's the Wiki for the film: 2001

Sputnik, the first artificial earth satellite, has only been launched 11 years before, in 1957: Sputnik.

When I compare the images from today's ISS with Kubrick's and Arthur C. Clarke's vision, I'm astonished that Clarke could have envisioned a space station so well and that Kubrick - and his team, of course - could have brought it to the screen.

Here's an excerpt of the journey from earth to the space station:

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  • Thanks, P.A. - I've never read the book - I'll look for it.

  • P. A. nichols

    Arthur C Clarke is credited with inventing the communications satellite. And not only did he envision the space station, but he pretty much got it right on the makeup of Europa. I remember when Sputnik was launched. Then we got Echo up there (Mom took us out at night to watch it fly over) & then Telstar (was a hit song about it). I credit JFK w/ creating the first "Common Core" education program -- his call for boosting science, math and phys ed. Just think how far out into space we might be if, in past 30 years, we had focused on teaching accurate and informative lessons instead of focusing on how much it cost and how to cut price. The real cost of the resulting ignorance will all too soon become evident. BTw... the movie 2001 was great, but you should also read the book.