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Nasa Lost 125 millon

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In 1999 NASA lost a
Mars orbiter,
because half pftt project staff
and the ether half used.
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#4 - walkerjam (05/16/2013) [+] (71 replies)
Seriously you guys. Get with the program. Start using metric system like the rest of the world.
#50 - paranoidweazle (05/17/2013) [-]
Imperials love their damn measurements
#45 - CrabFace (05/17/2013) [+] (18 replies)
#96 - danielscqro (05/17/2013) [+] (4 replies)
>mfw when this is a good counter-argument
User avatar #23 - fistymcbutthole (05/16/2013) [+] (8 replies)
Why would NASA use the metric system? It's an american program, you would think they would use the american system.
#28 to #23 - knitey (05/16/2013) [-]
American system?
American system?
#6 - afireinsidebrad (05/16/2013) [+] (1 reply)
oh god dont get me started on metric vs. imperial (standard for tools). Trying to figure out what the hell size socket you'd need, metric is so friggin easy
#27 - rakaka (05/16/2013) [-]
and after all that work Napoleon went through to standardize measurement
#81 - Forfunaccount (05/17/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Hey I got on idea, why don't YOU use the Imperial measurement system. It's so much easier!
User avatar #192 - zeroxnight (05/17/2013) [+] (6 replies)
personally I hate using imperial measurements and I am an American. For all engineering, we should use the metric. for everything else, leave it alone. We should let it phase out slowly.
User avatar #168 - brianhimself ONLINE (05/17/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I find this hard to believe. NASA is full of scientists and in science you always use the metric system.
#56 - hypex (05/17/2013) [+] (9 replies)
The imperial system is older than the metric (that explains **** like "one foot" and "one thumb" or whatever) and the development of the metric system happened like this (atleast according to my history teacher)


some random ass french guy thought the imperial system as impractical and took one long step and said "this is now one meter" divided it by 10 and then said "and this is a centi-meter"

keeping all the different "counters" by a multiplication of 10 made it alot easier to do math with aswell, considering it is easier to remember that everything is a multiplication of 10 instead of vague **** like "a dozen" or "a yard and 243 feet"

or i might just be retarded and semi-awake make up some ******** story, please correct me if im wrong.
User avatar #203 - tomatoto (05/17/2013) [+] (25 replies)
Why the f#ck do americans use the imperial system? Its not even logical like the metric system is.
#98 - anonymous (05/17/2013) [+] (6 replies)
as a physics major id just like to say that units don't mean **** - just as long as you convert them correctly.

posting as anon because im afraid of your rage
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User avatar #15 - SteyrAUG (05/16/2013) [+] (7 replies)
Well, considering that all engineers are taught both, the probe should have been fine if the teams had been communicating properly. You can't blame imperial units for a crash caused by designer error.
#165 - allamericandude (05/17/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I'm currently a student in aerospace engineering. A few professors at my school, according to rumor, were working on that orbiter project. Afterwards, NASA suddenly cut most of its connections with the school. These professors have since been notorious for harshly grading errors in units of measurement.

So, yeah...
User avatar #75 - djequalizee (05/17/2013) [+] (3 replies)
As an American i would like to say metric is better. Our measuring system makes no sense at all.

I really wish we could just switch to metric, but that's easier said than done.
#154 - funkyrednipples (05/17/2013) [+] (7 replies)
User avatar #73 - cobaltlumi (05/17/2013) [+] (4 replies)
As an american, The metric is better:

But it would cost money to change road signs, text books, ect. that are already imperial. Plus, people are stuck in their ways. I was taught from a young age to think in feet, yards, inches, ect. When taught about centimeters, meters and kilometers, I just don't think like that.
I think "Its only a few miles away." Not, "Its only a few kilometers away."

TL;DR Metric is better, but its hard to unlearn something and road signs are expensive.
User avatar #177 - makedonski (05/17/2013) [+] (2 replies)
That was only like $0.44 per US citizen at the time.

Also, I doubt that actually happened.
User avatar #190 to #177 - lyiat (05/17/2013) [-]
Nope. ****** buried on the Mars surface. It was big news at the time. Look up the Mars Surveyor '98 Orbiter.
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