Another in Rob Caswell's and my series of images based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel 2010: Odyssey Two. the Discovery and Leonov have been linked together by carbon filament ribbon, in order that Discovery be able to boost Leonov out of the Jupiter system. In order to accomplish the maneuver, the ships have first had to fall inward toward Jupiter, using the energy of the downhill run to add to their total velocity. Discovery then engaged its plasma drive, draining the last remnants of fuel from its tanks. Now, having cast off from Discovery, Leonov's drive, invented by the Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov, bursts into brilliant life, lighting up the night side cloudscape of Jupiter beneath. Megalighting can be seen dotting the cloudscape as well.
Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop CS 6.
Thanks for having a look!