United Space exploration vessel USS Discovery 2001: A Space Odyssey.
About this creation
The Discovery was the exploration ship from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'm sure we all remember HAL, the homicidal computer, and Dave, the mission commander... At any rate, I built this because the design influenced many future Science-Fiction spacecraft -- the rotating centerfuge for gravity and the concept of having an on board "intelligent" computer to name a couple. This ship was on a mission to investigate a strange phenomena near Jupiter, which did not get accomplished for the next ten years... but I won't ruin the end for those of you who haven't seen it, so I'd better stop with the background while I'm still ahead.
1/2 aft shot, showing the cheap, but effective engines on the Discovery. There was a mini nuclear reactor in the engine section that kept the engines going on what they called a "low-consumption route," which means they had the engines deactivated most of the time.
3/4 Fore shot, showing that familiar angle that we always associate with the Discovery. I would have liked to put in pod bay doors and a side emergency door, but when i made this, i was extremely low on two of my most important resources: $ and LEGO.
Here we have a perspective angle, revealing my scale and one blatantly obvious "error." Some people I know say the neck is too thick. However, i don't think the original neck could have lasted too long because it had length, but no width or height, so I decided to make this neck a bit thicker to try that out.
The command module, where the crew and HAL 9000 reside. The command module is supposed to contain a centerfuge, a pod bay, and the "bridge," as well as many other neat gizmo's we have no idea what to call.