Friday, October 01, 1999

Numbers Strike Again!

So NASA is releasing preliminary findings on the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter last week, and the likely culprit is -- you guessed it! Numbers!

Specifically, the problem arose in the conversion between English (aka "correct") measurements and Metric (aka "communist") measurements. NASA is, typically, covering up for the numerical-governmental conspiracy by attributing the failure to "human error."

Still - not all is lost. The Mars Polar Lander is also en route to the Red Planet, and this one's sure to land without a problem. I mean, what are the chances of numbers striking two Mars probes in a row?