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Foot, meter? eh, same thing. [Mar. 11th, 2006|11:10 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I'm reading a (paper) article about the new Mars probe. The article starts by describing all the failures of previous Mars missions, highlighting especially the one where the metric/imperial units were messed up. But then the article goes on to say of the current mission:

... powerful camera, blah blah, imaging items as small as one meter .....

Then,

... unusual resolution and clarity, blah blah, imaging items as small as one foot across .....

*sigh*
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[User Picture]From: contestant
2006-03-11 07:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, the irony. Next thing you know they'll be using 1-liter/1 gallon champagne bottles at the launch.
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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2006-03-11 07:46 pm (UTC)
Europeans have enormous shoes.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-03-11 07:59 pm (UTC)
My grandfather used to always say, "close enough for government work..."

I guess that is what he meant.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2006-03-12 12:48 am (UTC)
Don't forget the International Foot vs. U.S. Survey Foot!. The International Foot is exactly 0.3048m, while the U.S. Survey Foot is defined to be 1200/3937m. Having worked on a few GIS-related projects, I can tell you that the difference IS significant. ;)
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-03-12 01:02 am (UTC)
I like the way that article defines a foot using meters.

"a foot...which is defined to be exactly 0.3048 meters"

Kinda just leaves inches completely out don't they.
:_) Poor inches.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-03-12 01:57 am (UTC)

They could have at least defined it in centimeters. Or centimetres.

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[User Picture]From: yes_justice
2006-03-11 08:03 pm (UTC)

SPLAT aka Mars Climate Orbiter

Oh shit we just splatted the orbiter, what do you mean newtons versus foot pounds?

Hahahaha!
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[User Picture]From: yes_justice
2006-03-11 08:05 pm (UTC)

in case that was too cryptic.

PS: http://www4.cnn.com/TECH/space/9911/10/orbiter.03/

That's not the news, that's NASA!!

Silly monkeys.
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[User Picture]From: aivalli
2006-03-11 10:37 pm (UTC)
There is conversion I studied about but this conversion is easier ! :D

-nerdy
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