Title: “The Blue Danube”
Artist: Johann Strauss II; The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Album: 2001: A Space Odyssey (soundtrack)
Released: 1968

Notable Years in Legacy Space
• The year was 1867 and Johann Strauss debuted what would become his magnum opus, the sublime Viennese waltz, “The Blue Danube”. It’s not inconceivable that Karl von Littrow, the pioneer asteroid hunter and director of the Vienna Observatory, was not only in attendance at the premiere but may have also had back stage passes

• Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, premiered in April 1968, using Strauss’s “The Blue Danube” to open the film’s second act in an exquisite space-station docking sequence

• At the time 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted, NASA was planning the Grand Tour program, a robotic probe mission to explore the outer solar system planets and their moons. First up on the tour? Jupiter, of course

• In the actual year 2001, six NASA Space Shuttle flights went into Earth orbit. One mission, STS-108, honored the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, sending nearly 6,000 U.S. flags aboard Endeavour as part of the “Flags for Heroes and Families” campaign

The Week in NewSpace – June 26, 2017
• Lucasfilm announced that filmmaker Ron Howard was named director of an untitled Han Solo film in the Star Wars series to be released in 2018. Howard, in the cast of the 1972 film, American Graffiti, recalls asking director George Lucas at the time about his future projects, to which Lucas responded, “I want to do a science fiction movie, but a really fun one like Flash Gordon with the effects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.”

• NASA released an enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s bands of light and dark clouds and its “String of Pearls” (white oval storms) created by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using data from the JunoCam imager on the NASA Juno spacecraft

HAL 9000, the “foolproof and incapable of error” ship’s computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey

In the third act of 2001: A Space Odyssey, mission pilot Dr. David Bowman’s destination is Planet Jupiter

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