When Imperials kick you in the back

NASA lost a $ 125 million orbiter because one team was not using the metric system !

#fail #bigmistake #sciencesunday #metric #ingress #ingressinvite #euromaestro

NASA lost a 125 million Mars orbiter in 1999 because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency's team used the more conventional metric system for a key spacecraft operation.

http://articles.cnn.com/1999-09-30/tech/9909_30_mars.metric.02_1_climate-orbiter-spacecraft-team-metric-system?_s=PM:TECH

+Erica Joy mused in her post that perhaps Ingress's purpose was to teach Americans about the metric system.

https://plus.google.com/113097276181543898574/posts/jSug6LYhccW

Even though I'm still waiting for my #ingressinvite , I was intrigued by her comment and thought about the US resistance to metric system adoption.

I also remeber reading articles about studies done in the 1970s and later in the 1980s citing the number of billions of dollars the US loses every year by not using the metric system.

Is it time the US started using the metric system ?

 

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