It's a missed opportunity that nothing in the film suggests that any such resonance is actually intentional.
I think everything
combines to tell us: space travel is both exciting and very, very dangerous. Humanity will prevail. And can technology be trusted.
The resonance is there. And intentional. I seem to recall many mentions in the articles of the day mentioning Director Robert Wise's vision for the future portrayed by the movie. "The Andromeda Strain" is eerily similar in many ways. It's partly why he was chosen for the job.