The "exploration of Jupiter" has been conducted via close observations by automated spacecraft. It began with the arrival of "Pioneer 10" into the Jovian system in 1973, and, , has continued with seven further spacecraft missions. All of these missions were undertaken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration , and all but one have been flybys that take detailed observations without the probe landing or entering orbit. These probes make Jupiter the most visited of the Solar System's outer planets as all missions to the outer Solar System have used Jupiter flybys to reduce fuel requirements and travel time. Plans for more missions to the Jovian system are under development, none of which are scheduled to arrive at the planet before 2016. Sending a craft to Jupiter entails many technical difficulties, especially due to the probes' large fuel requirements and the effects of the planet's harsh radiation environment.
The first spacecraft to visit Jupiter was "Pioneer 10" in 1973, followed a year later by "Pioneer 11". Aside from taking the first close-up pictures of the planet, the probes discovered its magnetosphere and its largely fluid interior. The "Voyager 1" and "Voyager 2" probes visited the planet in 1979, and studied its moons and the ring system, discovering the volcanic activity of Io and the presence of water ice on the surface of Europa. "Ulysses" further studied Jupiter's magnetosphere in 1992 and then again in 2000. The "Cassini" probe approached the planet in 2000 and took very detailed images of its atmosphere. The "New Horizons" spacecraft passed by Jupiter in 2007 and made improved measurements of its and its satellites' parameters.
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