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FWD: [lunascan] MARS CLIMATE ORBITER TEAM FINDS LIKELY CAUSE OF

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  • Frits Westra
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 1999
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      At 02:11 PM 09/30/1999 -0500, Fran wrote:

      >I don't buy this at all.

      Join the club, Fran.

      "The peer review preliminary findings indicate
      that one team used English units (e.g., inches,
      feet and pounds) while the other used metric
      units for a key spacecraft operation."

      On the ridiculosity scale, this story tops Sagan's "swamp gas," and the
      AF's "experimental balloon" charade on the Roswell anniversary.

      It's reported that Lockheed (the MCO fabricator) used English units, while
      NASA used metric units. If this were true, I doubt if the vehicle would ever
      have gotten off the ground. MCO successfully executed a number of orbital
      corrections during its trip. No way it could have done so while under such a
      profound disparity between command and execution. No way this disparity
      could have affected only one particular command, nearly at the end of the
      journey.

      Unfortunately, it's not necessary to fool "all of the people, all of the
      time." All you have to do is fool the right people at the appropriate times,
      and you've got it made.

      No, I'm not a rocket scientist. But these people are giving the real rocket
      scientists a bad name.

      Tom Carey

      "It is not power that corrupts but fear.
      Fear of losing power corrupts those who
      wield it and fear of the scourge of power
      corrupts those who are subject to it."
      (Aung San Suu Kyi, 1990)

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