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NASA Once Lost a $193M Spacecraft Due to a Simple Math Mistake

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Published on March 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:00s

NASA Once Lost a $193M Spacecraft Due to a Simple Math Mistake

In 1999, a metric conversion oversight resulted in NASA losing a Mars Orbiter.

Guess even rocket scientists make mistakes.

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NASA Once Lost a $193M Spacecraft Due to a Simple Math Mistake

Losing a $193 million probe in space is kind of a big deal????So how did the Mars Climate Orbiter become NASA’s biggest blunder to date in 1999?????The satellite was built to conduct the first long-term study of weather on Mars????Instead, a simple math mixup ensured it would never show up to work????As NASA prepared to plug MCO into its Martian orbit 9 months after launch????they found it was actually off course by more than 100 miles????The systems from contractor Lockheed Martin were using imperial units of measurement to calculate impulse...????...units NASA was relying on to make trajectory adjustments during the MCO’s trip????But the NASA-JPL team assumed those measurements were metric.????Shortly after realizing the discrepancy, they lost contact with the probe????which most likely burned up as it entered the Martian atmosphere????Guess even rocket scientists make mistakes sometimes??

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