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Solar System Explored: Today's Deep-Space Spacecraft (Gallery)

NASA's Juno Spacecraft

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction. Juno is slated to arrive at the solar system's largest planet in 2016.

NASA's Cassini Probe

NASA/JPL

This artist's concept shows a flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

New Horizons at Pluto (Artist's View)

Southwest Research Institute

This artist’s concept shows NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 encounter with Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

Voyager 1 and 2 at Solar System's Edge

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist's concept of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 at the edge of the solar system.

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Mike Wall
SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for Space.com since 2010. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.