Walter Curnow is an American engineer who was enlisted on The Leonov, for the 2010 Jupiter mission, in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two and its 1984 film adaption. Curnow originally designed Discovery 1.

2010: The Year We Make ContactEdit

Curnow was one of three Americans, accompanying Dr. Chandra and Heywood Floyd, for the 2010 Jupiter mission. He brings with him, his engineering and design experience of the Discovery 1.

As part of a joint Soviet/USA program, the American team is enlisted on The Leonov, a Soviet vessel that is installed with a Sakharov Drive for its propulsion system. The team was placed into Suspended Animation until arriving to their destination.

Upon approach to the Discovery, orbiting Jupiter, Curnow and Soviet Maxim Brajlovsky, were selected for re-entering the ship. The two managed to enter through the emergency airlock, and discovered that the ship still had a breathable atmosphere. After exploring the ship, they manged to restart its main functions.

When a Monolith was discovered in orbit around Jupiter, Curnow monitored Max as he examined it in an extravehicular pod. He was also the first to notice a problem, but was unable to get Max away before his pod was destroyed.

After the mission was over, and the Leonov left Jupiter's orbit, Curnow was placed back into suspended animation.

2010: Odyssey TwoEdit

In the novel, Curnow marries Katerina Rudenko. He does not survive to 2061.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, p. 5 (Read it!)
  2. 2010 screenplay (Read it).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two

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