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posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 03:07 PM
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While I was having my usual nap in science class today my teacher said a couple of years ago a shuttle crashed into Mars because the engineers were using feet and inches and the astronauts were using metres and centimeters so when they plotted the course they got the calculations wrong and crashed into Mars. is this true?



posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 03:09 PM
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Do you honestly think it is???? Not meaning to be rude..........but come on



posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 03:10 PM
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Well i'm not one to believe teachers. i was just thinking of your oppinions!
Thats right people its you i care about!



posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 03:12 PM
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It's true but it wasn't a shuttle, it was a probe that took years to reach mars and millions of dollars to get it there. Shameful.....



posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 03:13 PM
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Here is your answer:

The Mars Climate Orbiter took off Dec. 11, 1998, on a mission to orbit Mars as the first interplanetary weather satellite. The spacecraft was lost nearly a year later as it entered orbit around Mars.

The problem turned out to be that English units, instead of metric measurements, were used in a software file. As a result, the craft was 170 kilometers too low when it tried to enter orbit. A NASA investigation determined the orbiter either burned up in the Martian atmosphere or was lost in space.


It was taken from here:
www.latimes.com...



posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 11:01 AM
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engineers all use the metric system.

the cover-story is BS.



posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 11:05 AM
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Originally posted by moxyone
engineers all use the metric system.

the cover-story is BS.



Thats not true. My uncle works for Belden Wire co. as an engineer. They didnt convert to yhe metric system till they started thier overseas operations.

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Also, it was not the engineers, it was the programmers. American programmers. Hence the use of feet over meters.

[edit on 10/20/04 by Kidfinger]



posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 11:05 AM
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The truth..
is that a satellite crashed onmars, Ibelieve it was one of thoseMars Expresses, orwhatever, Ithinkit was carried by the Mars Global Surveyor
And basically
One set of scientists used 'lbs/sq inch' for pressure, another used 'n/sq m'
so that's where theproblem was



posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 11:20 AM
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Read all about it from this site

mars4.jpl.nasa.gov... (official site)
mars4.jpl.nasa.gov... (suspected cause)
mars4.jpl.nasa.gov... (Enquiry board findings)





posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 04:45 PM
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Yes, it's true.

Embarrassing, stupid, and a multi-million dollar mistake, but it's absolutly true.



posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 11:44 AM
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yes this really happened

the east coast scientists and the west coast scientists got the metric system and the americian system confused

they were trying to make the ship slow down by making it drag through the outer atmosphere of mars(for those who cant afford extra fuel to power rockets to slow down the ship for observation)

anyway....

they made it 60 miles above mars instead of 200

it never came around the other side mars



posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 11:47 AM
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Sounds like an insurance scam to me




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