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

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

------- Forwarded message follows ------- Date sent: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 21:00:48 -0600 To: From: Declan McCullagh <> Subject: FC: Mars Orbiter error statement; still in Wyoming Send reply to:

[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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