William Kenneth Hartmann (born in 1939), is an internationally renowned astronomer, planetary scientist, artist, and writer. He is a member of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor mission team. In 1971-72 he was on the Mariner-9 mission team which first mapped many geological features on Mars. Asteroid number 3341 is named after him in recognition of his planetary research. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences. His art work has been featured in many books, magazines, and international exhibits.
He has written and illustrated (often collaboratively with Ron Miller) numerous books on the history of Earth and the Solar System. Some of his books and publications include, Moons and Planets, Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey, The Grand Tour: A Travelers Guide to the Solar System, Cycles of Fire, Out of the Cradle, The History of Earth, and In The Stream of Stars: The Soviet-American Space Art Book. He has also written two science fiction books, Cities of Gold, and Mars Underground.
William Hartmann has long been one of America's leading space artists. He follows in the tradition of his grandfather, a Swiss landscape painter. Hartmann's astronomical paintings cover a wide variety of themes and are known for their realism and technical accuracy. His paintings are on display in collections in the U.S, Russia, Japan, England, France, and Italy, and have been on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA).
His Website offers a Gallery of his paintings, a description of his research work, and information about his books, and publications. Be sure to check out the Full Catalog of his works. Below are a selection of his space artworks. Click images view full size.
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Bill Hartmann's Home Page
William K. Hartmann at NovaSpace
William K. Hartmann. From Earth's Landscapes to Space Art The Swiss Art Portal.