The NASA Juno spacecraft has been succesfully launched and is now on its way to the giant gas planet Jupiter. 

This mission is likely to be as close as we get to a real life version of '2001: A Space Odyssey' in our lifetimes. I find it hard to believe that anyone could visit the Juno mission website and not be completely overwhelmed by this wondrous human endeavour.

Sadly, this mission has no priority to observe Europa, although I guess that the Juno craft will be in proximity at times, and we may reasonably expect some new science to come from that.

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