"Zero-gravity toilet instructions. These were purposely exaggerated to add a note of humor to scene showing a perplexed passenger Floyd trying to decide if he should attempt to use the facility."
So don't blame Trek for getting the science wrong, blame Stanley Kubrick.
- Frederick I. Ordway, III (2001
's Scientific Advisor) in his paper, 2001: A Space Odyssey in Retrospect
, reprinted in Science Fiction and Space Futures: Past and Present
, edited by Eugene M. Emme (American Astronautical Society, 1982).
Besides, was it possible for anybody in the audience actually read
the full text even during the film's original 70mm Cinerama presentation?