What's it Like to be Voyager 2?

Reddit member caesararum wrote a beautiful essay speculating on what it's like to be Voyager 2, the space probe launched in 1977 that is still sending back data from beyond the edge of our solar system (but showing signs of age). The prose is obviously from someone who is not only well-versed in Voyager's mission, but also in awe of it. Here is a small portion:
It is 1989, and you have done well, but you are not done yet.

There will not be another planet, not even a single additional source of heat nor velocity from here on out. Your energy budgets are recalculated, your mission extended. By now, the thousands of people who were once committed to getting you off the ground have largely moved on; some have died, some have found new careers... and a select few still listen. You faithfully make your way towards the outer edges of the system, growing colder, losing even the power necessary to keep yourself warm. In 1998, the decision is made that you no longer have the energy to operate your sensors; the last of your eyes are closed, forever. Your designers, perhaps optimistically, chose well when selecting your instrumentation - a number of packages remain relevant even beyond the orbits of the last of the gas giants. By now, though, it has been two decades since your departure, and technology has not halted in its progression. Computers have advanced, entire architectures have come and gone, and the systems able to understand what you have to say gradually fall apart. There are few machines left in the world that can even understand your language, and they are kept together solely for your sake. Perhaps it is pride, perhaps curiosity, that motivates men to maintain the vigil; whatever the case, you continue to do the only things you know. Detect, transmit.

The full text is part of a comment thread with additional information in subsequent comments. Link -via Dark Roasted Blend

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In 10,000 years, you will be deflecting from your path. The deflection will become more extreme for the ensuing 7,000 years, but then stabilize as your gyroscopes re-orient. In 30,000 years you will be orbiting the Sun at a distance of 1-1/3 light years in 750,000 year cycles.
Any aliens who ever found you would already be on our doorstep.
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really nice.
I think I've noticed a recent increase in Sci-fi interest in people.
That robust intrest we had back in the 70's and 80's, when Sci-fi short-story magazines like Asimov and Analog were in their prime, and the future was still open to interpetation and up for grabs.
I hope thats the case, because our imaginations fuel our science, and vice versa. The stars are far away still, but that dosn't mean we should stop reaching.
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