rendering of the Huygen's probe as it was about to land on the rugged rock-strewn
surface beneath reddish-orange storm clouds was also selected to appear on the
Discovery Science Channel worldwide television special of the Titan landing broadcast
just two days following the actual event!
Titan question had been discussed at length on the International Association of
Astronomical Artists (IAAA) member's listserver - and I was intrigued by the conversations
about 'What will the surface really be like? What color will the sky turn out
to be? Could Saturn or any stars actually be visible from Titan's surface?' I
decided to paint "Titan Touchdown" the way I would expect the surface to look
and I decided to downplay the mechanical and technical aspects of the probe itself
- simply to put things into perspective that Titan is a vast, stormy, smoggy and
alien land! That is why the probe is seen as rather small in my interpretation
of Titan's surface."
is courtesy of The Planetary Society