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Question 260: How was the NASA probe Climate Orbiter lost in 1999?
Author: K. - Category: Technology
Difficulty: 4/5 - Zone: United States

  • Bad insulation exposed the electronic circuit to extreme heat, fatally damaging it
  • A typing mistake when entering coordinates caused it to miss the red planet
  • A mixup between Imperial and Metric units in navigation data caused it to approach too near to Mars
  • The probe stopped responding for an unknown reason while it was already in orbit

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