“It is the year 2001. You’re on your way to a space station… on routine business.” In 1966, Look magazine released a documentary on the making of Stanly Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and the science featured in the film. Vernon Myers, the publisher and president of the magazine, bookends the documentary, announcing that Look would feature the film in its magazine to coincide with its then-1967 release date. If you remember, Kubrick got his start in photography working for the magazine as a young man, so it makes sense that his former-employer would want to feature his upcoming film.
The documentary is called A Look Behind the Future, and provides an interesting glimpse at what people in 1966 thought the future of the year 2001 would be like. It was spotted by the good people at Movies.com. While it features real-life technological developments in space exploration, it’s almost eerie how people looked at space exploration three years before we landed on the Moon with Apollo 11 in 1969.