|Radio Times cover and astronaut's corpse for comparison|
|Detail from painting of the planetoid landscape (work 385) (detail)|
Giger had already taken religious iconography and transformed it into science fictional items in his painting (See: Nativity Scene integrated into Biomechanic landscape i (work-297) (1976)), this might have been another opportunity, and there might those who claim that Jesus was an astronaut.
Having said that, this Christ would just be an example of a Jesus Christ being taken down from the cross, it is not exactly like the Space Jockey's form and there aren't many shared features to pin down that are specific to the two, but it's near enough and there are other possible examples that he might have seen at the time since the idea in the composition is of course very popular and to be found around many churches and art galleries in museums.
We could make a page full of such
images and see if one of them has any specific similarities.
Source of Radio Times image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154673705234545&set=g.235808070436&type=1&theater
|cover of the Radio Times 25-31 March 1978|