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Scientists rescue Voyager 2 before probe can quit Facebook

June 2, 2010

The Voyager 2 space probe, launched in 1977, is now 8.6 billion miles from Earth. Until three weeks ago, V2 was still sending useful data back to Earth. But then the probe’s transmissions became garbled. V2’s managers determined that the probe had become incensed by Facebook’s lack of easy privacy controls. It was purposely sending bad data in protest.

When scientists checked the spacecraft’s memory circuits, they further determined V2 was about to quit Facebook. They quickly reprogrammed the plucky little probe and now it’s back to sending a steady stream of Facebook status updates and posting wall pictures of the heliosphere, the magnetic envelope around the solar system.

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