“Units” can make all the difference in the… Mars


Inches vs Meters

Engineers and yet to be engineers, see how using the wrong ‘units’ can make all the difference in whether a space probe hit’s the mark, crashes into a planet, or heads off back into space. “The Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) has determined that the root cause for the loss of the MCO spacecraft was the failure to use metric units in the coding of a ground software file, “Small Forces,” used in trajectory models.” See the whole report here.

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