Captain Tatiana "Tanya" Kirbuk[2] Orlova is the commander of the Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two and film adaption.

Character namingEdit

In the film, Tanya (Helen Mirren) goes by Kirbuk,[note 1] but in the original novel, she is married to chief scientist Vasili Orlov—thus bears the feminine tense, common in Russian, as Captain Orlova.

2010 odysseyEdit


Captain Tanya is a Russian cosmonaut who commands the Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov on the joint Soviet/USA Jupiter Mission to investigate Discovery and the Jovian Monolith in 2010.[1]


  1. The name “Kirbuk” is likely a wink to Stanley Kubrick, director of 2001: A Space Odyssey.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, p. 4 (Read it!)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2010 screenplay (Read it).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two

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