The Lunar Geography of 2001: A Space Odyssey

While photographing the Moon from the backyard it did not take long to zero in on some of the locations portrayed in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The two lunar destinations featured in the film are the craters Clavius and Tycho.

The giant crater Clavius was home to the large Moon Base while the crater Tycho was where the mysterious black monolith was found.

Some images from the film gathered by simply taking snapshots of the TV screen. Very high tech. The image above shows three astronauts on a ridge overlooking the Moon Base in the crater Clavius while the Earth-Moon shuttle descends for a landing.

Later, onboard the Moon Bus flying to Tycho crater, the astronauts eat sandwiches and look at what drew them to finding the Monolith. Here they examine a photograph showing Tycho marked with the discovery site.

The discovery was made by the investigation of a “magnetic anomaly” in Tycho, TMA-1 for Tycho Magnetic Anomaly-1.

Excavation of TMA-1 uncovered the Monolith. Watch the movie to find out what happens next!

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