EXHIBITS: Space Odyssey Redux

Science  13 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5528, pp. 179
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5528.179d

Thirty-three years have passed since the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey projected a stunning vision of the future, complete with waltzing spaceships, moon bases, and all-powerful computers running expeditions to Jupiter. Now that the year 2001 has arrived, maybe you're wondering if director Stanley Kubrick and author Arthur C. Clarke came close to predicting today's realities.

Find out at 2001: Destination Space, an online version of an exhibit at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. The site notes that some technologies portrayed in the film—such as flat-screen computer displays—have been developed, while others, including passenger flights into space, remain far off. You can also browse a gallery of works by visionary “space artist” Robert McCall, whom Kubrick enlisted to paint posters for the film and to help create the futuristic look he sought (McCall's anniversary version of one of his paintings).


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