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Takes a licking…

Just like the Energizer Bunny, many of our early space probes seem to be ticking along way past their original lifetime estimates. According to

an article in Scientific American
, the Deep Space Network recently reaquired the Pioneer 10 spacecraft which had not been contacted in nearly eight months. Not bad for a spacecraft that was launched on March 2, 1972.
But the professionals aren't the only one's who can make probes which last and last and last.

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