"Monolith," 2001 A Space Odyssey, STS-98

    2001 'Monolith' Flown on Space Shuttle Atlantis

     

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 bought this sharpening stone to represent the mysterious monolith in the book and film, 2001 A Space Odyssey. He took it and the book with him on the first Space Shuttle mission of 2001, STS-98 on Atlantis. If he had some free time on camera, he planned to compare Arthur C. Clarke's futuristic vision with the realities of space travel, using the "monolith" as a prop in weightlessness. Jones credited the book and film for his fascination with spaceflight and influencing his decision to become an astronaut. He gave his copy of the book and this "monolith" to the Museum in 2016.