... and amassed over 50GB of data about the mini-planet. Getting it back to Earth was the tricky part – the massive distances involved mean that the data flow was limited to one kilobit per second
So, that's 1KiB every 8 seconds?
... 7K a minute?
... 420K an hour?
... 10080K a day? (So 9MiB a day)
50GiB == 51200MiB
51200/9 = 5688.8 days == 15.5 years?
So, are the numbers wrong? My maths? Or do they just pick and choose what to retrieve?? (Even if it's 1KiB/Sec that's still nearly 2 years, has it really been that long since it got there???)