Think about the different pieces of consumer technology you own: probably a cell phone, a computer, maybe a watch, an e-reader, a few other things here and there. How old are they? For my gadgets the average age is, I’d say, about three years. Perhaps the figure ticks up a bit if you take into account your car, your microwave and toaster over, and a trusty stand-mixer (those things, people like to say, can last “forever”).
But these things are all babies — babies — when compared with our two Voyager spacecraft, the first of which celebrates its 35th birthday today.
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