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USS Discovery
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.



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   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.



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   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.



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   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.



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   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.



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   The "AE-35 Unit" folded away. This transmitter is one of the only functional details on the ship, so i had to be sure to get it right.



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   And here's the "AE-35 Unit" pointed at Earth so that constant communications can be maintained.



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   Another engineering module shot, from the front half.



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   Um, yes... This shows how little i know about making something look like it's in space, but I thought it was pretty good for using only MS Paint.



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   Here's another familiar angle... The side shot we all know so well.



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   And in my usual uncreative nature, i just took a top shot for the heck of it.



Comments

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  July 16, 2014
Very good but I actually think that that is actually the Leonov from 2010. I have not seen the movies, only read the books so don't blame me if I am wrong.
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  April 2, 2014
very nice ship... I have watched this movie a couple of times, but I guess it wasn't for me. I wish more people made the ships though... they were great.
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  March 29, 2013
this is very cool i used to watch 2001 a space odyssey.
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  August 26, 2012
Great work! Excellent adaptation!
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  January 20, 2012
That's really good! 2001 has always been one of my favourite movies.
Syd Tramontie
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Justin BG
  October 16, 2010
Excellent! I plan on making a minifigure sized pod with dave in it,shouldn't be too hard.
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  September 3, 2009
Well done. It's amazing how long it is. I appreciate the effort of putting the Discovery into "space". I've tried it before and failed.
Syd Tramontie
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Jackson Foraker
  February 18, 2008
Very cool! 2001 is a great movie. "Oh, my God... It's full of stars!" Anyways, this is awesome. You, my friend, control the action.
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  July 11, 2007
Ok... did you watch 2010 last night the 10th on AMC? Is that why you built this? I dunno, I mean, the lego Discovery's good, but the movie stunk.
 
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