My friend Jay Weidner wrote an excellent "alchemical" analysis of Kubrick's classic film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey" here, and, though long, it is an article well worth reading (because for one thing, it forms the backdrop for my comment below):
All done? OK. Now ponder the following image of the satellite from the beginning of the movie, sent to me by a friend.
Assuming the picture has not been photo-shopped, is Kubrick sending more messages here? Notice anything peculiar about that spacecraft? Look closely again. There is a clear depiction of the then West German flag, and boldly emblazoned on the side of the craft is an Iron Cross, symbol of the (West) German military, the Bundeswehr. I could accept the occurrence of only one of these symbols as some sort of "production accident" but two seems to me to be pushing the boundaries of coincidence.
The question is, is Kubrick sending messages here? Or is it just a typical Hollywood way of trying to "internationalize outer space" in a brotherhood of love and harmony that just happens to include the German Bundeswehr? Well, let's assume that Kubrick IS (or I should say, WAS) trying to send messages here. If so, the question is, what were they? Given Weidner's extensive and thorough alchemical analysis of the esoteric symbolism contained in the movie, and the discovery of a monolith on one of the Moons of Jupiter, perhaps Kubrick is subtly trying to say that someone (the Germans?) discovered something out there long before the rest of us were made aware of it.
And let's not forget one other thing... In Clarke's original 2001, the moon on which the monolith was discovered was not Earth's nor any of Jupiter's moons...
Can anyone say Iapetus? George Lucas? Cassini?
The coincidences pile up here, and they are disturbing. At the minimum, I believe we may be looking at a classic case of "synchronicity," and at the other end of the spectrum, maybe we are, after all, being sent "messages."