British NASA - 23/12/2005 9:52 AM
These are the ones with the gold disc records on them, in case they bump into Aliens, yes?
They'll get back to us in a half-million years or so.
Joking aside, this is good news. Those are the only probes we have that far out and are the only devices that can tell us for sure what an interstellar exploration craft might (literally) run into when it leaves the vicinity of the sun.
$4-5 million? That's about half of what Congress spent on junkets last year. That is, it's half of what the taxpayers paid for...