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Adam Johnson, Monday, 11-11-13 November 12, 2013

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Adam Johnson, Monday, 11-11-13

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Guest:  Adam K. Johnson.  Topics:  The lost science behind the making of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, photos & science discussed in detail.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Adam Johnson to the program for a fascinating discussion regarding the lost science, photography, and people behind the famous 2001: A Space Odyssey movie.  In the first segment of this 1 hour 33 minute discussion, we talked about Adam’s book, 2001: The Lost Science; The science and technology of the most influential film ever made.  The book, published by Apogee Prime, is a large format, high resolution picture and fact book documenting the making of the 2001 movie.  The people behind the movie and the science are both fact and photographed detailed, the models used and developed for the film are in the book, and little or unknown facts behind the making of this film are revealed, maybe for the first time.  Adam talked at length about the science advisors including Fred Ordway, Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Lange, and others.  He had much to say about Kubrick and his making of the film, plus his visit to the archives at the space center in Huntsville and getting those archives in order for research and for historical purposes.  Adam found blueprints related to the film and so much more. He was asked about the movie sets and props and we learned that Kubrick ordered them destroyed after the film was made to keep them from being used in a B rated sci fi movie.  Listeners asked about the science fiction in the movie largely becoming reality today.  Mr. Johnson had much to say about the utopian viewpoint expressed in the movie, the fact that Russians actually visited the set and one was a spy.  We even discussed the still photography, the two photographers, and black and white as compared to color photography.  Doug asked about the large scale props in the moving having influence on our use of large scale space hardware for real such as in heavy lift the and the shuttle.  At the end of the segment, we learned that Adam is working on Volume 2 to be released next year.  Also, he mentioned the Kubrick and other view that only scientists and educated people, test pilots, and the like would ever be able to go to space.

In the second segment, Dave Hook emailed in to ask if our guest could reference modern sci fi movies that would be icons like 2001.  He mentioned two movies.  Billy wanted to talk about Apollo 13 and the later film, Apollo 18.  When Adam was asked what was most impactful to him, he mentioned the Russian story and the contributions by Fred.  I asked about the theme song and Kubrick having taken it from the famous Strauss symphony.  Adam gave us the fascinating history behind the use of this music.  Hint: God , asking unanswerable questions about ourselves and our place in the universe.  Near the end, we talked about modern day space having a legacy from this film.  We also talked about the nuclear rocket and how the movie changed the lives of countless people that saw it.

Please post comments/questions on TSS blog.  Information about the book is at www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837192.html.

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1. James - November 25, 2013

Nice show and it sounds like an excellent book. Two things that occurred to me. One is how the author mentions that the NERVA was tested at MSFC. It was tested at the Nevada Test Site but researched, designed and built at Los Alamos Scientific Lab. Also, one thing I remember that I thought odd at when I originally saw the movie was how the officials were walking in the moon base but they did not act like they were in lower gravity. At least they should have had a spring in their step!


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