For anyone who has read Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey series of books, you would know that the Americans were building a second spacecraft to rendezvous with the original Discovery 1, only to book passage with the Russians when they found out that the Discovery 1 would plow right into Io. 

In this drawing I am imagining what the crew of Discovery 2 would find on board…perhaps the red eye of HAL is only the Red Eye of Jupiter…either way, the mystery will deepen for whomever hears David Bowman’s final message.

“My God! It’s full of stars!”

A crew member of “Discovery 2” finds what remains of HAL on the bridge of the first “Discovery.”