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The Planetary Society Presents The Worlds of 2001


Mat Kaplan
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

Over three decades ago, the film 2001: A Space Odyssey electrified the world with its vision of humanity's future in space. On November 27 in New Orleans, The Planetary Society will pay tribute to the film's legacy with a free lecture about current planetary exploration. The Worlds of 2001 will include a live telephone link with the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

Now that the year 2001 is actually upon us, what have we learned about the worlds explored in the movie and its sequel, 2010? The Worlds of 2001 will present an up-to-date look at Jupiter, Europa, and beyond. Sir Arthur will join the panel briefly via telephone from his home in Sri Lanka. A question and answer session with the audience will follow the panel's presentation.

Held in cooperation with the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society, The Worlds of 2001 will feature several well-known planetary scientists: Bruce Jakosky, University of Colorado, Boulder; Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute; Richard Terrile, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Wesley T. Huntress, Jr., Carnegie Institute, who is also the President of The Planetary Society and the Chair of DPS. Bruce Betts, Director of Projects at The Planetary Society, will moderate the session.

The event is free and open to the general public. It will begin at 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 27, 2001 in the Regency Ballroom E at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 500 Poydras Plaza, New Orleans.


About The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.