A few days ago I posted some observations of the Moon. Today I looked at the post again due to the fact that I had been watching 2001 A Space Odyssey again. Disliked by many due to its slow pace I still love it, just because of the pace. That’s how space travel should be. Floating in silence forever and ever.
One of the pictures showed you the south polar region of the Moon with the craters Klaproth and Cassatus. I looked at it again because I wondered if Clavius was on the picture as well. It isn’t, but I also discovered my description wasn’t very clear. So here’s the picture again with a better indication of which crater is where. You can click for a bigger format.
As you can see I indicated Clavius is exactly north of the region my picture covered.
What about Clavius? You might not know that this is the site of a Moon base in 2001, and in the vicinity of the location of TMA-1. Well,in the vicinity is a bit of a stretch. According to the novel and movie, the TMA-1, the black monolith was found near Tycho crater, which is about 480 kilometers north, as the birds fly (not on the Moon, that is).
Here are some scenes from the Moon, as seen in the movie. It still is one of the best depictions of the weird surface of the Moon. A masterpiece.
BTW you can go to Clavius Moon Base if you want. Click here.