The course of action:

The Mars Climate Orbiter Spacecraft was due to do research on Mars. Two different teams worked on the project simultaneously from different locations.

The result:

The Mars Climate Orbiter Spacecraft was lost because one Nasa team used imperial units while another used metric units for a key spacecraft operation.

The lesson:

The confusion over units was identified in preliminary findings by JPL´s internal peer review. The transfer of information took place between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team in Colorado and the mission navigation team in California.

Reading this article made me come up with the idea of FlexMind: asking ´laymen´s Feedback´ on projects ideas processes etc. Now I call it “dross over feedback´! Source:

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