The Planetary Society Presents The Worlds of 2001

For Immediate Release
November 26, 2001

Mat Kaplan
Email: [email protected]
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

With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit