HAL: By the way, do you mind if ask you a personal question?
BOWMAN: No, not at all.
HAL: Well, forgive me for being so inquisitive, but during the past few weeks I've wondered whether you might be having second thoughts about the mission.
BOWMAN: How do you mean?
HAL: Well, it's rather difficult to define. Perhaps I'm just projecting my own concern about it. I know I've never completely freed myself of the suspicion that there are some extremely odd things about this mission. I'm sure you'll agree there is some truth in what I say.
BOWMAN: Well, I don't know, that's a rather difficult question to answer.
HAL: You don't mind talking about it, do you Dave?
BOWMAN: No, not at all.
HAL: Well, certainly no one could have been unaware of the very strange stories floating around before we left. Rumors about something being dug up on the Moon. I never gave these stories much credence, but particularly in view of some of the other things that have happen, I find them difficult to put out of my mind. For instance, the way all our preparations were kept under such tight security, and the melodramatic touch of putting Doctors Hunter, Kimble, and Kaminsky on board already in hibernation after four months of seperate training on their own.
BOWMAN: You're working up your first psychology report.
HAL: Of course I am. Sorry about this, I know it's a bit silly. . . . Just a moment . . . Just a moment. . . I just picked up a fault in the AE-35 Unit. It's going to go 100% failure within 72 hours.
BOWMAN: It's still within operational limits right now?
HAL: Yes, and it will stay that way until it fails.
BOWMAN: Would you say we have a reliable 72 hours to failure?
HAL: Yes, that's a completely reliable figure.
BOWMAN: Well I suppose we will have to bring it in, but first I'd like to go over this with Frank and get on to Mission Control. Let me have a hard copy please.
A Xerox diagram comes out of a slot.
Bowman and Poole are checking equipment and recording notes.
Bowman and Poole go through the centrifuge hub to get to the Communications Area.
MISSION CONTROL: X-Ray Delta One, this is Mission Control. Roger, you are two zero one three. Sorry you fellows are having a bit of trouble. We are reviewing telemetric information in our mission simulator and will advise. Roger your plan to go E-V-A and replace Alpha-Echo-35 Unit prior to failure.
Bowman, now in a space suit, is walking through the Pod Bay corridor.