Tezcatlipoca, the Aztec god of winds and the nocturnal sky.
Ral - by Frank Lewecke
Frank M. Lewecke
Born: 1966, in Gutersloh, Germany
Frank Lewecke is a painter, designer and illustrator. In 1995, he became a freelance artist, and in 1996 a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. He thinks of his paintings as snapshots of "distant worlds in space and time."
House Rock - by Ed Hengeveld
Born: 1956, in the Netherlands
Ed Hengeveld is a spaceflight historian who lives with his wife and son in the Netherlands, where he works for Dutch television news. He has written numerous articles for Spaceflight and Quest, as well as for various Dutch newspapers and magazines.
In the artist's own words: "This is the largest painting (30" x 16") I ever made... The collector who commissioned me wanted a painting of Apollo 16 astronauts (John) Young and (Charles) Duke examining the large rock they found during EVA-2, called 'House Rock'. There are no good photos of that rock and I had to use the television tapes to see what it looked like. I wanted to show the huge size of the rock, which dwarfed the astronauts working beside it."
Impact On Mars - by William Hartmann
William Kenneth Hartmann
Born: June 6, 1939, in Pennsylvania, USA
Astronomer, author, artist, and co-founder of the Planetary Science Institute, William Hartmann is also an expert in the study of small celestial bodies (comets and asteroids), and the formation of meteoric impacts on solid bodies. For his doctoral thesis, he argued that Earth's tilt and the Moon's genesis was the result of a great impact. Although criticized at first, Hartmann's theory is now generally accepted.
Huygens' Titan Descent - by Don Dixon
Born: 1951, in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
On January 14, 2005, the space probe Huygens parachuted through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and became the first craft to make a landing in the Outer Solar System. This is the artist's rendering of that historic event.
Halley's Comet - by Fahad Sulehria
In the artist's own words: "Space and astronomical art strives to illustrate the Universe... What is important to notice is that space and astronomical art is based on the knowledge we have of the Universe.
I see space and astronomical art as a complement to real astronomical imagery. By basing the artwork on knowledge in astrophysics, chemistry and other sciences, the artist can overcome technological and physical barriers and create a probable view of an environment that is otherwise inaccessible to us."
The Eagle is Headed Home - by Alan Bean
Alan LaVern Bean
Born: March 15, 1932, Wheeler, Texas, USA
In this painting former Apollo astronaut, Alan Bean, captures the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (the first men on the Moon) blast off from Tranquility Base on their way back to the Command Module, the first leg of their journey back to Earth.
Former Captain Bean was himself a member of NASA's Apollo 12 Mission, and the fourth man to walk on the Moon. In his own words: "I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has. I want my paintings to communicate an emotional experience in ways that photography cannot."