On 3 April 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
(1928-1999) was first shown. Ever since the film has been considered a milestone in science fiction, both for its story (based on van Arthur C. Clarke's The sentinel) and for its by now somewhat dated special effects (such as the famous HAL 9000 computer).
In honour of Clarke and Kubrick, NASA has called its latest mission to Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey. The lift-off takes place on 7 April from Cape Canaveral. In Amsterdam Artis has seized the opportunity of the reopening of the Planetarium on 3 April to take Kubrick and 2001 as a starting point for its new program Life in the Universe.
Click here for the most extensive website on Kubrick's films and test your own knowledge on the film and its director with the
2001 Trivia Quiz by Jonathan Harvey.