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archaeoastronomy in cinema: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

©1968 Turner Entertainment Co., a Time Warner Company

©1968 Turner Entertainment Co., a Time Warner Company. Extra-terrestrial intelligence proven by lunar monolith.

©1968 Turner Entertainment Co., a Time Warner Company. Huge black monolith aligns with heavenly bodies.
Enigmatic, black monoliths on prehistoric earth, buried in the Tycho crater on the moon and floating in space near Saturn's moon Iapetus conspire to doom a manned mission to the ringed planet, culminating in astronaut David Bowman's fateful encounter with a huge, but proportionally dimensioned monolith to the one found buried on the moon, at 2 hours 1½ minutes into the film.
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