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spacecraft. The half-life of Pu-238 is 87.7 years. A space probe was launched in 2020 with 3.0 kg of

Pu-238.

a) Write a function of the form Q(t) = Qu e-kt to model the quantity Q(t) of Pu-238 that is left t years after

the launch in 2020.

b) If 1.6 kg of Pu-238 is required to power the spacecraft's data transmitter, for how long after launch

would scientists be able to retrieve data? (Show your equation and work. Round answer to the

nearest year.)

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