Metric System

When will there finally be a victor in the measurement unit war?


1985 A mirror aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery is accidentally pointed away from the Earth instead of its intended target of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
23 Sep 1999 NASA's $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter burns to a crisp when it enters the Martian atmosphere at an altitude of 37 miles instead of 186 kilometers.
5 Dec 2003 Because Tokyo Disneyland engineers recently switched to metric units, an improperly-sized Space Mountain ride vehicle axle suddenly snaps.

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