The BBC News exposé 'Our Saturn years'; Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen includes the text:
“The Voyagers gave us a really wonderful impression of Saturn. It’s a beautiful gas giant,” says Nasa’s director of planetary science Jim Green.
Prof Andrew Coates, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey, UK, agrees:
“Saturn is the most spectacular planet in our Solar System. The incredible rings, visible even in binoculars or a small telescope, make it stand out compared to all the rest.”
In places, the rings are only about as tall as a telephone pole. Yet from end-to-end they are more than 20-times as wide as the Earth.
They have influenced decades of science fiction book covers.
Followed by a reproduction of the painting In the Ring of Saturn by artist Andrei Sokolov.
The painting is stylized and shows a spacecraft beaming something to the planet Saturn, with the suggestions of the planet's rings in the background, all in various shades of green and yellow.
Question: But there is no indication that this art is related to any specific book cover. So I would like to ask; Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover? If not, was any of this artist's work used in book covers?
Per Wikimedia Commons:
Andrei Konstantinovich Sokolov (1931—2007) was a Soviet and Russian science fiction painter and a graphic artist, a designer of stamps, an architect.
For some other examples of work by the artist, see for example
Reproduction of “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov (Topfoto)