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with a number of general purpose or mission specific sensors that can be launched
from a starship for closer examination of celestial objects or for reconnaissance.
Most Federation probes are about the size of a photon torpedo, and some of
them actually use a torpedo casing.
Probes are a logical consequence considering that the resolution of the built-in long-range sensors is limited and that there is a signal decay over long distances.