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2010: The Year We Make Contact
2010 The Facts

In order to make the American spacesuits as authentic as possible, costume designer Patricia Norris used a Teflon fabric that cost $175 a yard.

The set for Heywood Floyd's house (with dolphin pool) was constructed atop the MGM studio "saucer tank" in Culver City, California. The dolphins, named Captain Crunch and Lelani, were provided by a local aquarium.

One of the characters is Tanya Kirbuck, which is an anagram of "Kubrick". Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Kubrick had all models and sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) destroyed to prevent their reuse, thus the model of the spaceship Discovery had to be constructed from pictures.

The blue spacesuit, a holdover from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), is missing its helmet, apparently because the producers thought that Dave used that helmet while trying to disable HAL in the original film. But Dave actually used a green helmet - part of a green spacesuit which was stowed in the emergency airlock.

The blue spacesuit on the Discovery (the only one that was never used, in either 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) or 2010 was later used in the "Babylon 5" episodes "Babylon Squared" and "War Without End."

A promotional short for 2010 shows moviegoers how some of the film's visual effects were created. This includes makeup for Keir Dullea's character, how the astronauts float in space, and the construction of the spaceship in which the astronauts carry out their mission. The vehicle is so large, the two largest sound stages on the MGM lot were used to construct it.

Arthur C Clarke is seen sitting on a park bench in front of the White House, feeding the pigeons.

Arthur C Clarke is seen on the cover of Time Magazine, as the American President.

Stanley Kubrick is seen on the cover of Time Magazine, as the Soviet premier.

Facts courtesy of Internet Movie Database and MGM/UA.

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