Then and Now: Our Earliest Close-Ups of the Planets Compared to Today’s Best Shots

Our views of solar system planets have been getting progressively better over the decades. We’ve assembled a series of photos showing some of our earliest images of the planets compared to similar portraits captured during recent missions. Regardless of the era or the quality, each one has a story to tell, and each continues to stir the imagination. We haven’t wasted this opportunity, sending probes to every planet in our solar system and even to Pluto, a dwarf planet located over 5 billion miles (8 billion kilometers) away.

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