of ourselves, our problems and our struggles, all of which
take place on an obscure rocky planet not far from one
of billions of average stars?

 For nearly five years, ever since he finished making Dr-
Stanley Kubrick has been fascinated by
the theme of extraterrestrial life and how the challenges
it poses could be translated into a film that was both
exciting to see, scrupulously accurate from the scientific
point of view, and as beautiful as modern cinematic art
could make it. Science fiction and science
Astronaut Poole, en route to Jupiter, talks via satellite with
his Earthbound parents while receiving an ultra-
violet sun lamp treatment to keep fit.