From: Jim Mortellaro <Jsmortell@aol.com> Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 17:07:02 EDT Fwd Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 18:10:06 -0400 Subject: Re: NASA Speaks in English... >Date: Sun, 03 Oct 1999 16:52:10 -0700 >From: Larry Hatch <email@example.com> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: NASA Speaks in English... >>From: From: Jim Mortellaro <Jsmortell@aol.com> >>Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 21:49:02 EDT >>Subject: NASA Speaks in English... >>To: email@example.com >>"NASA said confusion over whether measurements were made in >>metric or English units led to the crash of a $125 million >>spacecraft as it approached Mars last week." According to the >>New York Times today (10-1-99). >>Am I the only idiot who thinks this "mistake" is the most lame >>sort of none sense ever perpetrated on US since the president >>sinned? >>How two major Military and NASA contractors can each work in >>different systems boggles this Gripple brain big time. I cannot >>imagine such an error folks. >>I've worked for several NASA contractors as well as at NASA >>Goddard Spaceflight Center, and knowing (less than some of you >>do) what I do, it just can't happen. >>It's like Jethro Bodine cypherin to the base ten while everyone >>else is doin it to another base _and_ in metric!> >>The new NASA call sign: "Help! It's fallen down and I can't get >>it up..." >Dear Jim: >I agree it sounds fantastic, like accelerations in furlongs per >second squared. >The last I saw any physics done in english units was in high >school, early 1960s. All the college physics, chemistry.. any >science whatever was in metric. >Maybe an archeological dig in the USA will go down so many feet, >and yes pilots still report altitude in hundreds or thousands of >feet, but this is rocket science! Literally! >Could it be that this is a cover for a different human error, >i.e. something even dumber? >If so, I haven't a clue what that could be. >- Larry Hatch Me neither. Not a clue. But I do know this, the odds of this kind of "error" happening at NASA and/'or their contractors is beyond what is normally considered remote. If it was an error (Hah!) then this particular "error" just destroyed every single probability formula that ever was. And yes, I concur that it is a cover for something. And it may have been something stupid. Or something worse. But good gosh almighty, that this did not draw more derision here, there and everywhere, is a sure sign of the deterioration of intellect in this country. Lemmings all. Believe what they tell you or just don't give a crap. Hey Errol, maybe we should repair to Toronto. You guys seem to be a little better off than us. Except in the area of your gun laws, you got a little more Motts than we do. J. Jaime Gesundt, With portfolio. I just got one.
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