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Clavius Base
Category: Research station
Region: Earth's moon
Locale: Clavius Crater
1st appearance: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Clavius Base is a fictional setting featured in the Space Odyssey film and book franchise. It first appeared in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as the Arthur C. Clarke novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was published to coincide with the release of the film.


Clavius Base is a scientific research station located in the Clavius Crater in the Southern Highlands on Earth's moon. Ostensibly, it was named after the crater, which in turn, was named after the 17th century astronomer Christopher Clavius. The base was constructed by the U.S. Astronomical engineering corps in 1994 and served as a permanent bridgehead on the moon. The base was a closed system and completely self-supporting. All of the requirements for sustaining life were found from the neighboring mineral deposits and essential elements such as hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, phosphorous and even oxygen could be mined and processed to produce a liveable atmosphere within the subterranean bowels of the base. A giant circular hot house was used to purify the atmosphere, producing acres of oxygen-rich flora and fauna.

The base housed 1,100 men and women, all of whom worked as personnel and were highly trained scientists and technicians carefully selected for their expertise and adaptability.

Despite its size, space was still an issue and the personnel stationed at Clavius lived in standardized single-person compartments measuring ten feet long by six feet wide and eight feet high. Although compact, furnishings were more than adequate in these apartments, and each unit was equipped with hi-tech amenities to make residents feel more comfortable.

In addition to its living accommodations, Clavius Base hosted a complex of offices, computer operation centers, storerooms, workshops, and processing plants. [1]

Characters from Clavius Base

Character Film/Series
Bill Michaels 2001: A Space Odyssey
Diana Halvorsen 2001: A Space Odyssey
Ralph Halvorsen 2001: A Space Odyssey

See also


  1. Arthur C. Clarke; 2001: A Space Odyssey; New American Library; 1968; Chapter Ten