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[FYI] Hi-Tech lost in space: "I'm speechless."

[Wahnsinn. Noch nicht einmal ein Software-Bug. Sowas.    -AHH]

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Date sent:      	Thu, 30 Sep 1999 21:00:48 -0600
To:             	politech@vorlon.mit.edu
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	FC: Mars Orbiter error statement; still in Wyoming
Send reply to:  	declan@well.com

[I just got back from a backpacking trip into Grand Teton National
Park here in Wyoming. I hiked to the continental divide at about
10,000 feet and pitched my tent in the rocks and snow at the foot of a
glacier. Then I shivered through the 5 degree F. night as the wind
twisted through the peaks. There are grizzlies and wolves in the park
(and I presume that Grizzly Bear Lake is named that for good reason),
but I only heard howling in the distance after midnight. I am here
through the weekend covering a Republican leadership convention -- aka
junket so Congresscritters can go golfing and sightseeing -- and will
return email and voicemail when I get back. --Declan]

>Committee on Science
>F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Chairman
>Ralph M. Hall, Texas, Ranking Democrat
>September 30, 1999 
>WASHINGTON, D.C. - NASA earlier today announced the preliminary
>findings from the investigation into last week's loss of the $125
>million Mars Orbiter mission show human error between command
>stations. "The peer review preliminary findings indicate that one
>team used English units (e.g., inches, feet and pounds) while the
>other used metric units for a key spacecraft operation. This
>information was critical to the maneuvers required to place the
>spacecraft in the proper Mars orbit," read NASA's press release.
>House Science Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (R-WI)
>released the following statement:
>"I'm speechless."

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