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Apollo and the Odyssey: The Shared Orbit of NASA’s Lunar Mission and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey


Featuring Todd Douglas Miller (director, Apollo 11), Bill Barry (NASA Chief Historian), and Bert Ulrich (Multimedia Liaison at NASA Headquarters in Washington), in conversation with Eric Hynes, Curator of Film, and Sonia Epstein, Associate Curator of Science and Film.

In the late 1960s, while NASA’s Apollo program planned for humanity’s first steps on the Moon, Stanley Kubrick and his production team worked on their own ambitious voyage, 2001: A Space Odyssey. This conversation will explore the cultural and scientific points of intersection, influence, and competition between the U.S. space program and Kubrick’s film, supplemented by rare archival footage and images.


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