This image started out as a science illustration, then became science-fiction art. Artist Alan Gutierrez submitted this picture to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA for its Gallileo Probe project. The painting shows the Gallileo Probe parachuting into Jupiter's atmosphere. When the JPL ended up not using the image, Gutierrez used it as the cover of Greg Bear's novel The Forge Of God. Gutierrez still worked with the JPL, illustrating its Venus Radar Mapper project. Image by Alan Gutierrez.
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