posted on Jul, 3 2012 @ 12:00 AM
It's amazing, really. A probe that was fully expected to cease functioning over thirty years ago is still kickin'. Yes, some of the
instruments have failed, but considering it took them a good long time to go kaput, I think that in itself deserves recognition. In not failing
decades ago as expected, this now archaic little contraption has been punting information back our way about the edges of our neighborhood, and in the
coming years, outside the zip code Places we physically cannot yet venture to are getting the once-over, albeit a limited one, and that's pretty
impressive. If the little peons coming into this thread stomping about & whining "Who carrrrrres?" can't understand why that's such a dang cool
thing, then frak, existence as a whole is lost on them. Humans are curious. Humans hunger to learn & understand. The more we learn, the more we
understand. The more we understand, the more we uncover to question. The more we question, the more we learn. Sending out a metal probe 35 years ago
was/is an extension of that, going into an inaccessible region not unlike sending instruments into an active caldera for information, or sending a ROV
to the bottom of the oceans. We seek to understand how the universe ticks, both planetside & in depths of space. In seeking to understand the hows of
the ticks, we simultaneously seek to understand the WHYS of those ticks.
If around $800 billion total, give or take for black budget projects, over 50+ years bothers a smattering of people THIS much, enough to be a sourpuss
in the parade, then why comment? Shouldn't you be off raising holy hell with your political representatives over the $1 trillion+ (bit higher than
$700 billion) projected 2012 Defense budget? When 50 years of space exploration has cost less than bombing the crap out of the brown people, then the
fiscal hissy fit just might be apples and oranges here. If we reigned in our Defense spending, we could certainly not only take care of all of our
own, but still study the universe easily. Chew on that a while, would ya?