Thursday, May 26, 2005

Voyager 1 Probe Passes Last Known Starbucks

NASA has announced the the Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the farthest reaches of our solar system after readings by the probe showed it had passed the last known Starbucks franchise.

The spacecraft which began it’s journey in 1977, has entered an area of our solar system called the helliosphere, where the sun’s influence ends and the solar winds begin to interact with gases from interstellar space. It also is the location for Starbucks franchise store #3,883. The store is oxygen sealed and offers Starbucks trademark high end coffee drinks and biscotti treats.

NASA said that the accomplishments of the Voyager spacecraft have been remarkable. It’s images of the outer gas giants of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and their moons, remade the science of planetary study. NASA said the spacecraft is conserving power to continue it’s readings of the outer solar system and beyond, so it was impossible to get Voyager into the Starbucks drive-thru. Mission scientist said the readings were of prime importance although the Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino was very tempting.

NASA said Voyager could continue to function until it’s plutonium fuel runs out sometime in the year 2020. NASA said Voyager will be the farthest man made object in space until the year 2011 when it will be overtaken by the Starbucks A2000 robotic space franchise builder, currently headed to the nearby Andromeda galaxy.


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