The US space programme was so expensive that Nasa made the cost a selling point – turning it into the ultimate luxury product, says Thomas Jones
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For over 20 years, the pictures beamed back from NASA's orbiting observatory have shed light on dark matter and fired the imaginations of Earth dwellers.
From claustrophobic, alien dystopias to baroque pads for Cold War villains, the world beneath the waves has long been reimagined by film-makers, video game designers and architects.
The space probe is about to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system. It is a beautiful expression of the best sort of human ambition.