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A collage of old and new perspectives of Jupiter, Saturn, comets, Pluto, Europa, Mars, the Sun, and deepest space.

A collage of old and new perspectives of Jupiter, Saturn, comets, Pluto, Europa, Mars, the Sun, and deepest space.  When New Horizons reaches Pluto in 2015, we will have the after picture.  Likewise Europa when we launch a mission there.  And Hubble’s Ultra Deepfield image will likely be superseded by even more amazing photos from JWST.

Background image is Jupiter's moon, Europa.  Image credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk.  The borrowed text overwriting the image is from "The Rape of Europa by Jupiter: a masque" (1694).

Background image is Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Image credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk. The borrowed text overwriting the image is from “The Rape of Europa by Jupiter: a masque” (1694).  The current climate of underfunding planetary science makes a mission to Europa unlikely.