In Pictures: 2013’s geekiest 25th anniversaries

A look back at the most memorable tech-related happenings of 1988

Plutonium-238

NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, left Earth last year carrying 8 pounds of Plutonium-238, which Curiosity, like many a space probe before it, uses to convert heat into electricity. The United States stopped making Plutonium-238 in 1988 and supplies have dwindled to dangerously low levels, endangering future space exploration

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