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: