Science fiction films have a long history of reuse with costumes, sets, sound design, and even the occasional video footage. It has been rumored that when Stanley Kubrick finished his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey that he chose to destroy most of the blueprints, props and models, as he did not want to have them appear again in future science fiction films like so many others before his.
Whether or not this rumor is true, a few rare props and costumes managed to escape destruction to either go up for auction or be used in other films. This blue space suit is one of three created for the film. While its yellow and red counterparts were worn in the film itself, the blue suit was only used as a prop. The blue suit was seen again in 1994 in the television show Babylon 5, in the episode entitled Babylon Squared, where it was worn on Michael O’Hare as Jeffrey Sinclair. It has been altered in some minor ways, but ultimately is easily identifiable as the same piece due to the shape of the helmet and the placement of the various patches.
Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you’ll get ten different answers, but there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us. It’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes…all of this…all of this…was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.