Dave Bowman is kind of a downer

OWA’s Director of Marketing & Development, Don Elfant, interviews astronaut Dave Bowman just before his Discovery One mission to Jupiter.

DE: So this is a pretty exciting mission, huh?

DB: Uh, not really. I’m flying all the way Jupiter to fix a stupid antenna.

DE: But space travel! Surely you can’t be bored with it already.

DB: Well, HAL does most of the work. I’m mostly just along for the ride.

DE: Ah, HAL, the supercomputer’s supercomputer! It must be an honor to work alongside the great HAL.

DB: Yeah, it’s… just great.

DE: Dave, I believe I sense sarcasm in your response.

DB: Now you sound like HAL.

DE: I know, right? I’ve been working on it.

DB: Well, stop working on it with me. Also, it’s Dr. Bowman.

DE: Oh, sorry about that, doctor. So you’re not impressed with HAL and you’re not thrilled with the mission… Maybe something exciting will happen.

DB: Like what?

DE: I don’t know. Maybe you’ll see a UFO or something.

DB: That would be cool. But let’s face it, nothing interesting ever happens on these missions.

DE: You’ve got a great mission name, though – “Discovery One” – sounds important.

DB: I don’t come up with the mission names.

DE: I know, but I just wonder why they named such a routine mission “Discovery One.” It’s like they think you’re going to discover something big… important!

DB: I doubt it.

DE: You’re such a downer. C’mon man, Discover One! They could have named it Humdrum 17.

DB: Maybe you’re right.

DE: Of course I’m right!

DB: Okay, I’ll keep my eye out for anything… interesting. Though on a mission like this, anything interesting is probably bad news.

DE: Well, if anything bad happens, you’ve got HAL.

DB. Right…


As part of its Orbiter Year-Round Series, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is excited to present the Texas premiere of the SciFi thriller CAPSULE on Wednesday, September 21 (9:00pm) at Flix Brewhouse. Writer/Director Andrew Martin and Producer Paul Forrest will do a Q&A via Skype after the screening

In the award-winning film set in the Cold War, a dysfunctional space capsule orbits the earth, losing oxygen, with a helpless British astronaut suffering hypoxia locked inside. With limited contact from his own team, he must turn to the deeply suspicious Russians and Americans for help, nations who don’t even know he’s up there.

One Man, One Mission, One Choice... Who will he Trust?