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Foot, meter? eh, same thing. [Mar. 11th, 2006|11:10 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

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 .....


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


[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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