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    Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...
    They should have 40 year ago

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sababa View Post
    They should have 40 year ago

    I don't really care to verify.. but... it seems I recall that it was done about then.... It didn't survive... maybe a frog resentment... ( that's a funny )

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Yes. I am a moderator of a subreddit dedicated to this : Metric: Setting the Standard of Measurement

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...
    Metrics, Nasa, Mars lander.... hmmmm .... Not following you ????

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Back in the day we used metric for long distances and inch/feet for smaller measurements. The objective was some many Klicks away, the weapon's max eff range was in meters but you dug the M60 tripod in 8" and measured the hole you dug for your fighting position in feet.

    Didn't confuse us to use the blend, now just how did a pack of Rocket Scientists lose the Mars thing???

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    Back in the day we used metric for long distances and inch/feet for smaller measurements. The objective was some many Klicks away, the weapon's max eff range was in meters but you dug the M60 tripod in 8" and measured the hole you dug for your fighting position in feet.

    Didn't confuse us to use the blend, now just how did a pack of Rocket Scientists lose the Mars thing???
    Nov. 10, 1999: Metric Math Mistake Muffed Mars Meteorology Mission | This Day in Tech | WIRED

    I was wrong it was an orbiter not lander... my bad.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...
    Since I tend to like acccuracy, just to make clear: the mars rover lost was not lost because NASA could not figure out metrics. It was lost because during the process of making the rover, one contractor thought the unit measurements where in English units, resulting in a mismatch.

    Edit: to quote from the source you linked in the post while I typed mine:

    A NASA review board found that the problem was in the software controlling the orbiter’s thrusters. The software calculated the force the thrusters needed to exert in pounds of force. A separate piece of software took in the data assuming it was in the metric unit: newtons.
    That is not a failure to understand metrics.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Going metric sounds easy until you consider all the machinery that would need to be retooled in such a way as to calibrate in metric. The costs would be absolutely staggering. The housing collapse of a few years ago would look like a drop in the bucket in comparison.
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