Don Dixon







Don Dixon

Don Dixon

Astronomical Artist


Don Dixon began his artistic career creating animation to illustrate NASA's early missions to the planets. He has been a guest of NASA at several space exploration "firsts", such as the Viking 1 landing on Mars and the Pioneer 11 flyby of Saturn, for which he designed the mission logo.He is a Fellow and founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). Honored by NASA and the New York Society of Illustrators, his artwork has been featured on the covers of Scientific American, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Bild der Wissenschaft, and dozens of books. His painting Red Mars, cover art for the first novel in Kim Stanley Robinson's award winning trilogy, rode the Phoenix spacecraft to a successful landing in the arctic region of the Red Planet in 2008 as part of the Planetary Society's digital 'Martian Library.'He has been Artist Guest of Honor at several science fiction conventions and has exhibited in Oslo, Berlin, and New York.

You can seen more of Don's art at


Flare Star


Starship at Alpha Centauri


Fire Sanctuary


Early Earth -Detail


Exploring Mars Nanedi Valles


Saturn from Iapetus




Foundation Trilogy


Lord of the Rings


Cosmic Evolution


Monte Carlo Meteor


Autumn Glade


Cosmic Inflation


Red Giant Sun


The Cat's Eye Nebula


Lonely Universe


Cosmic Dark Ages


Beneath Saturn's Rings


Saturn Glory


Quantum Cosmos


Cosmic Brane


Ice World


Huygens Probe Lands on Titan


Across the Sea of Suns


Early Earth