I've been following NASA's deep space exploration programs as far back as the very "romantic" Pioneer 10. It always amazes me how they can manage to maintain radio contact with probes over such long periods of time.
Every now and then (once a semester), I go to the NASA mission status pages and dwelve in the technical details of current probe survival parameters (such as those of Voyager I and II, New Horizon, Opportunity and Curiosity).
And those photos, just breathtaking. Imagine mankind's achievements in the past 100 years. To think that in 1915, mankind was barely getting off the ground and now is capable of sending probes to regions where the sun hardly shines (no pun intended).
New Horizon appears to be a vey sturdy craft which according to NASA, should maintain radio contact beyond 2030.
Going nowhere @ 220 ft