Book, 2001 A Space Odyssey, STS-98

    2001 A Space Odyssey Book

     

    This book was flown by astronaut Thomas D. Jones on Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-98) in February 2001. The book is signed by Jones and Arthur C. Clarke.

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    2001 A Space Odyssey

     

    This book was flown by astronaut Thomas D. Jones on Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-98) in February 2001. The book is signed by Jones and Arthur C. Clarke.

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    Signature Page of 2001 A Space Odyssey Book Flown on Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Signed copy of 2001 A Space Odyssey flown on Space Shuttle Atlantis in February, 2001. At right, title page is signed by astronaut Thomas D. Jones who brought the book with him on the STS-98 mission. At left, Ex Libris bookplate signed by Arthur C. Clarke and inscribed "All best!"

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    2001 A Space Odyssey Book and 'Monolith' Flown on Space Shuttle Atlantis

    This book and 'monolith' were flown by astronaut Thomas D. Jones on Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-98) in February, 2001. The book is signed by Jones and Arthur C. Clarke. The 'monolith' is a sharpening stone that Jones purchased to represent the monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey.

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    Astronaut Thomas D. Jones Holding Copy of 2001 A Space Odyssey During STS-98

    Astronaut Thomas D. Jones holds a copy of 2001 A Space Odyssey that he brought aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis during the STS-98 mission in February of 2001.  The book, signed by Jones and Arthur C. Clarke, is part of the Museum's collection.

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Astronaut Thomas D. Jones took this book with him on the first Space Shuttle mission of 2001, STS-98 on Atlantis. Jones first read a paperback edition of the novel at age 13 after seeing the film in 1968. Like many fans of this futuristic film, Jones had re-read the book and watched the movie many times, finding inspiration in its depiction of space travel. Because 2001 A Space Odyssey had influenced him to become an astronaut, he bought this hardbound version in 2000 to take on his upcoming spaceflight. Upon learning of the book’s 2001 flight, author Arthur C. Clarke later sent Jones a signed bookplate for the flyleaf. Jones gave this book to the Museum in 2016.