The Moon Rocket Bus[note 1] (MRB) or Rocket Bus is a fictitious transportation vehicle, on Earth's moon, which appears in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.[1] Sometimes called a moonbus, the vehicle is a small, low altitude rocket craft meant to be used for quick transportation of passengers and cargo above the surface of the Moon.[2][3] Dr. Heywood Floyd took this mode of transportation, from the Clavius Base to the Tycho excavation, to investigate the TMA-1 monolith in 1999.

Interior[edit | edit source]


2001 A Space Odyssey - Inside the MRB

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Lawrence Miller’s Moonbus Lunar Transport specs

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Image from World of 2001 3.1

Canon[edit | edit source]

  1. Moon Rocket Bus is the official canon name for the lunar transport that Heywood Floyd took to Tycho. The term Wikipedia uses, “Moonbus” is not canon.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Kubrick Site, draft screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey, circa 1965
  2. Ordway, F.I. (1982). "2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY IN RETROSPECT". in Emme, Eugene M.. American Astronautical Society History Series. Volume V:SCIENCE FICTION AND SPACE FUTURES: PAST AND PRESENT. San Diego, Calif.: American Astronautical Society: Published for the American Astronautical Society by Univelt. pp. 47–105. ISBN 0-87703-173-8. 
  3. Hagerty, Jack; Rogers, Jon C. (2001). Spaceship Handbook: Rocket and Spacecraft Designs of the 20th Century. ARA Press. pp. 322–351. ISBN 0-9707604-0-X. 

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