Map detail from The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
"A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it."
Saturn's rings in false color
Voyager 2 (1977-)
"Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn's ring system to another are visible in this Voyager 2 picture as subtle color variations that can be recorded with special computer-processing techniques. This highly enhanced color view was assembled from clear, orange and ultraviolet frames obtained Aug. 17 from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles). In addition to the previously known blue color of the C-ring and the Cassini Division, the picture shows additional color differences between the inner B-ring and outer region (where the spokes form) and between these and the A-ring. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif."http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA01486
Slippy Toad, Fox McCloud, and Falco Lombardi
Artist unkown - Star Fox / Nintendo pixel art
Sadly can't find a clue as to the identity of the pixel artist behind this. Not even sure where I found it.
Star Wars: Special Edition
Millennium Falcon escaping Mos Eisley
dir. George Lucas
It's easy to forget that the special editions contained a few new shots and visual sequences that really were pretty great.
Fox and Falco having a beer
Star Fox / Nintendo fan art
I've searched exhaustively for clues as to who drew this, but all I've been able to find is that it apparently (possibly, maybe) originated at Japanese online art community Pixiv.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Captain Kirk, deep sea diver
dir. Leonard Nimoy
Kirk, saving whales in the belly of a Klingon Bird of Prey, holding his breath for as long as only Kirk can. One of my favorite moments of Shatner glory.