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stop a nuclear war by detonating the airborne missiles. The Starchild, which is what David Bowman has become, is the next evolutionary step for humans. It has power beyond understanding, though it doesn't quite know how to use it yet.
all of these (the pod's clock slowing and stopping, the wreckage of a spaceship, stars in negative against a white sky). Bowman's world is literally turned upside down; all the usual laws of physics are suspended or broken and he finds himself desperately struggling to cope with what all his training tells him can't be true.
the Stargate. The Stargate had been waiting millions of years for just this moment. One Bowman guided his little pod down to its surface, it opened and started him on his metaphysical and fantastic journey towards rebirth.
the music of Bach. Bowman finds he can't bear the human voice anymore and finds solace and comfort in "the abstract architecture of Bach."
the AE-35 antenna swings offline. In a desperate attempt to save itself, HAL manipulates the AE-35 antenna, drawing Frank Poole outside on what ultimately becomes a fatal mission.
to gain velocity on its way to Saturn. Clarke well understood the concept of a gravity well and how it could add momentum to a moving object. Bowman and Poole use Jupiter's immense gravitational well to slingshot their way to Saturn. In return, Jupiter loses exactly as much velocity as Discovery gained.
the first sunlight to fall upon it. Created as a signaling device of sorts that lets its makers know when mankind has achieved a certain level of technology, TMA-1 shrieks out a blast of radio noise (when the sunlight hits it for the first time in millions of years) that streaks across the solar system, then falls silent forever.
the leopard. The leopard, symbol of the untamed and wild in the world, tracks the dead antelope into Moon-Watcher's cave, but doesn't realize that the tribe has mastered hand-held weapons. In a somewhat sad effort to escape, it rns out of the cave and off the cliff to its death.
a peaceful, well-fed nuclear family. With this image of a family situation he's never known, Moon-Watcher now has the impetus to achieve that goal, though he can only do it once he masters basic tool technology and carnivorism.