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Behind The Scenes On the Set of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Nearly 50 years after its release, dozens of rare photos from the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey recently surfaced, giving light to the combination of precision, craftsmanship, and behind-the-scenes silliness that went into creating Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. We rounded up our favorites.

Set carpenters hard at work building core props. It's sort of like peeking into a fully enclosed dry dock where ships are assembled.

The dull board room scene gets a little more interesting when you realize they're just chilling on a ramshackle soundstage.

Here's the rotating "centrifuge" set used to achieve the CGI-less feel of space inside of the Discovery One. Could pass for the most elaborate traveling carnival ferris wheel you've ever seen.

The cast catching up on news and sleep between scene setups. You've got to be unbelievably tired to pass out comfortably in those bulky suits.

A notorious perfectionist, here's Kubrick making some final adjustments to Bowman's spacesuit before a take.

Oh hey Stan. Could you be any creepier?

A quick cast huddle/smoke break with the man in charge.

Prepping a still shot of Floyd and a receptionist taking a load off on the ship.

Rough day, Stan?

And here's further proof that Kubrick was big into the selfie game early, and often.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and has zero interest in visiting space. Ever.