The opening scene music is "Utopia" by Todd Rundgren, who is Liv Tyler's step-father. She was born "Liv Rundgren". In fact, there are no less than four Todd Rundgren tracks on the soundtrack, and receives a thanks in the credits.
The shuttle to take Steve and Donna to Space Station 8 is operated by Koenig Shipping. This is likely a homage to Walter Koenig, better known as Pavel Chekov, the pilot and engineer in the Star Trek series, or a nod to Commander John Koenig from Space: 1999, with which this movie shares similarities.