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USA badge seen in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey film.

The United States of America is a prominant faction in Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series.

2001: A Space OdysseyEdit

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The United States faction operated its space programs under the USAA, United States Astronautics Agency from c. 1980—c. 2001. After Skylab had fell to Earth in 1979, NASA was dissolved[1] by the eighties and the USAA took over all US space programs. One of USAA’s major feats was the construction of the Clavius Base on Earth's moon, which had gone into full operation by 1994. It was under this agency that the discovery of a potential alien presence was made at Tycho crater—the TMA-1 monolith, in 1999.

2010 odysseyEdit

The acting President of the United States during the term of 2005—2009 is President Mordecai.[2]

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The acting US space agency (c. 2001—) is the National Council of Astronautics (NCA), whose chairman by c. 2002/3 is Victor Millson.[3][4] The NCA took effect during the period when the Discovery Mission was starting to become problematic in 2001. The United States consolidated its space program by absorbing the USAA into the NCA, National Council of Astronautics. The discontinuance of the USAA was rather immediate, so that by December 9, 2001, Heywood Floyd was grandfathered in as chairman of the NCA, but his term was short lived. By this time, the TMA-1 was extracted from the Moon, and was brought back to Earth and put under intensive US study.[5] In 2006, the monolith was installed in front of the United Nations Building in NY.[6] A year later,[7] Floyd was asked to join a Russian led expedition to Jupiter, to recover the Discovery.[5]

3001: The Final OdysseyEdit

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In 3001, the United States faction operates in a designated area of the enormous Earth Station.

CanonEdit

  1. Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, p. 1 (Read it!)
  2. Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, p. 4 (Read it!)
  3. Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, p. 2 (Read it!)
  4. 2010 screenplay, p. 13 (Read it).
  5. 5.0 5.1 2010 screenplay, p. 8 (Read it).
  6. Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey
  7. In 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Heywood Floyd had 4 months to prep for flight, on a two and a half year long journey (totaling three years before/or into 2010)— 2010 Screenplay, pp. 22-23