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The system of measure has demolished Mars Climate Orbiter

Metric decimal system and system of Anglo-Saxon measure are been met doing an illustrious victim: the probe Mars Climate Orbiter, that has broken on the surface of the Red Planet. Seem unbelievable, I have gone quite as, like recite a statement official of the Jet Propulsion laboratory from the NASA that pursued the probe. And for an error of conversion from the tables of the Lockheed Martin builder of the vehicle, in "feet", to those of the NASA, in meters, the vehicle has stayed made approach to the planet to a quota too low (57 kilometers) instead of the 186 km scheduled. Three different investigations have stayed open for understand above all like never in the chain of the controls and of the verifications the error is survivor without nobody if notices some. has resulted in fact what an analogous error of conversion had also taken place during the trip in the evaluations of the trajectory, above all in the phases in which one they effected the scheduled corrections lighting the propellers. But in the I space the error didn't cause consequences and didn't emerge his in the problematic. In fact, nobody if had realized some. But when the probe is been found before the Red Planet and the last correction has stayed finished mistake again, from the long verification sprang finally the trouble. But it was too much delay and there was not more the time of correct it. Who knows that the serious material damage and to the image of the spatial corporate body don't force finally to abandon the system of measure Anglo-Saxon that stays in life still in the United States while in best part of the world is used the metric decimal system. It would be time that also the American giant conforms.
Pull from an article of ORIONE (pag.64)- n 91- December 1999
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