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A moonbus skimming over the lunar surface
A virtual 3D cockpit of the Moonbus
A "real" moonbus from the movie taken for comparison

The Moonbus is a craft from the World of 2001. It is one of a few crafts being really depicted in the film.

It serves as a passenger transport between two points on the Moon. It has tracks for surface moving, and hover thrusters that make it able to skim over the lunar surface in a manner similar to a helicopter, or make a suborbital ballistic hop. It has enough power even to reach lunar orbit and return from it safely.

The World of 2001


Spacecraft: Aquarius | Aquarius Id | Aries | Bondarenko | Centaur-O | Draco | Gagarin | Herculis | Komarov | Komarov-bis | Merkur | Moonbus | Orion | Patsayev | Polaris 1-XE | Rocketbus | Skorpion | Taurus | Titov V | Titov G

Space stations: Cytherean Station One | Space Station III | Space Station IV | Space Station V

Surface bases: Aberporth | Baikonur | Brest | Canberra | Cape Canaveral | Clavius Base | Cuxhaven | Hainan | Kadena AB | Korolevgrad | Lunar Observatory | Moscow | Phobos Base | Port Lowell | Prime Base | Serenitatis Base | Tchalinko | Tranquility Museum | Tycho | Washington