2001  A  Space  Odyssey

Moxie Cinema Springfield, MO


Dr. Mike Reed

Astrophysicist​, Missouri State University

2001: A Space Odyssey— The Origins of Life on Earth

A discussion of extrasolar planets, as well as space exploration and how it might help explain the origins of life on Earth. Part of the 2016 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Moxie Cinema Springfield, MO

Film Synopsis

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest.

Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mission to discover the origin of a mysterious monolith discovered beneath the Lunar surface. As the team heads toward Jupiter, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. Director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's best-selling book is a landmark production, perhaps the most respected science-fiction film of all time. The groundbreaking special effects and trippy visuals offer a mix of imagination and science, and the film itself serves as a profound commentary on man's relation to machines, the universe, and life itself.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mike Reed is an astrophysicist at Missouri State University. His research interests include asteroseismology, binary stars, compact evolved stars, and extrasolar planets. He received a BS in physics and astronomy from the University of Washington and a PhD in astrophysics from Iowa State University.