THE SPACE ODYSSEY CHRONOLOGY
Compiled by Attila Torkos
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The Firstborn develop intelligence. Having mastered interstellar travel they begin to search for life in the universe. They help the emergence of intelligence wherever they can.
4 million years ago
The Firstborn discover life on Earth. They leave the Monolith (later to be named TMA-0) on Earth to catalize the birth intelligence in a group of Australopithecus. The push applied by the Monolith starts the development of intellingence which leads to the emergence of Homo sapiens 4 million years later. The Firstborn hide another Monolith (TMA-1) beneath the Moon’s surface which would signal its makers when Mankind masters space travel. They put a third Monolith, TMA-2 into orbit around Jupiter.
Birth of Dimitri Moisevich.
Birth of Heywood Floyd.
Birth of Max Brailovski.
Birth of Zhenya Marchenko.
Birth of Paul Krüger.
HAL is turned on.
The third Chinese Moon expedition.
Mankind discovers and unearths TMA-1 on the Moon. Sensing sunslight on its surface the Monolith sends a radio message to TMA-2.
Following the radio message the Discovery departs for Jupiter to solve the puzzle of the Moon Monolith. A member of the expedition, Frank Poole is killed in space near Jupiter.
David Bowman, captain of the Discovery discovers TMA-2 near Jupiter. Through the Jovian Monolith he is transported to another solar system where he is made into an immortal energy being, the Star Child. The Discovery is left in orbit around Jupiter.
TMA-1 is brought to Earth.
Birth of Chris Floyd.
A Russian-American expedition departs for Jupiter on board the Alexei Leonov.
The Chinese spaceship Tsien arrives to Jupiter ahead of the Leonov. The Tsien lands on Europa to obtain water for fuel. The Chinese discover life on Europa, then the Tsien is destroyed. The Leonov arrives to Jupiter. The Firstborn trust Bowman to return to the Solar System through TMA-2 and examine life on Europa. At the command of the Firstborn TMA-2 transforms Jupiter into a minisun to enable the emergence of intelligence on Europa. The Discovery is destroyed during the birth of Lucifer; the intelligent computer of the ship, HAL is turned into a Star Child by the Monolith at the request of Bowman. The Leonov departs for Earth. Bowman forbids Mankind to land on Europa. During the following years the heat of Lucifer melts the ice on Europa freeing life from its prison of water and ice. A Monolith lands on Europa and begins catalyzing the emergence of intelligence.
The Leonov arrives back to Earth.
Birth of Chris Floyd, Jr..
The first major expedition arrives to the moons of Galilei and builds a base on Ganymede.
The first man lands on Mercury.
Death of Chris Floyd. After orbiting the moons of Lucifer a fragment of the diamond core of the onetime Jupiter crashes on Europa creating Mount Zeus.
Rolf van der Berg discovers that Mount Zeus is made of diamond.
Van der Berg tells his discovery to Paul Krügert. The communication is eavesdropped on by a third party.
Halley’s Comet returns to the Solar System. The Universe rendezvous with Halley’s Comet. The Galaxy is hijacked and forced to land on Europa. With the help of the Monolith Bowman and HAL make a copy of Heywood Floyd, another Star Child. The Universe rescues the passangers of the Galaxy. Mount Zeus sinks below the crust of Europa.
An asteroid hits the Atlantic Ocean.
TMA-0 is discovered and unearthed in Africa.
A tragic expedition to Io.
Birth of Indra Wallace.
Birth of Dimitri Chandler.
Frank Poole’s body is discovered at the edge of the Solar System. Poole is revived. Poole contacts Bowman.
Mankind destroys the Monoliths threatening its existence.