This is an homage to one of Robert McCall's outstanding pieces of 2001 art, many of which have become as iconic as the film itself. This is probably the least reproduced of all the paintings he did for that project. You can see the original here: [link]
I count McCall among my primary art influences.
This images was rendered in DAZ Studio and postworked in Photoshop. The Pod model is by Alvatar via ShareCG.com, the Discovery is the model available at Vanishing Point. The Exhaust brush is by Hameed and the background starfield is a composite of elements by FrostBo. Planet maps based on NASA/JPL photography.