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ever notice how much NASA equipment malfunctions?

i mean they're supposed to be rocket scientists, and the d**n things keep failing repeatedly! i never claimed to be a rocket scientist...

Asked By: chester-fried - 6/27/2007
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NASA's failures are more publicized than any other field since there are so many people who believe that NASA's budget should be eliminated. No other business is under a microscope like NASA... More
Answered By: Anthony W - 6/27/2007
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NASA's successful missions far outweigh its failed ones. Being able to send two robotic vehicles to Mars, and having them outlive their expected mission tenfold is nothing short of miraculous... More
Answered By: tastywheat - 6/27/2007
 
Perhaps you know how to build better equipment?
Answered By: quantumclaustrophobe - 6/27/2007
 
I am trying to think of a single example. The Mars rovers (lasting over 3x their engineered lifetime). The Hubble (lasting 2x it's engineered lifetime). Stuff breaks. The question would be: how many NASA missions failed because of equipment failures?
Answered By: words_smith_4u - 6/27/2007
 
Indeed, however it is always bound to happen; simple, minor malfunctions can lead to distraughtful events. It is just saddening to know that millions of dollars go down the drains every time they mess up.
Answered By: woah. - 6/27/2007
 
Yes... More
Answered By: david i - 6/27/2007
 
Ever notice how much of their equipment *doesn't* fail. It's like air travel -- millions and millions of accident-free miles flown and you never hear a whisper about that. Let one airliner crash and the media descends on the story like stink on sh... More
Answered By: braxton_paul - 6/27/2007
 
I don't think you get the whole picture,if any company say like General Motors would have the same success/failure problems that NASA has had through the years,they would rule the auto industry,in fact a lot of equipment first pioneered by NASA is now being used by other company's
Answered By: Magneto - 6/27/2007
 
I'd like to see you do better. No? No idea how it even works? OK then.
Answered By: eri - 6/27/2007
 
Yes, well all notice the mistakes even though the successes are also on the news. The good news is reported, it is just that, as humans, we tend to focus on the bad, not the good. Also, if a piece of equipment fails, sometimes lives are on the line. That is dramatic and sells news stories. NASA's experiments are on... More
Answered By: N E - 6/27/2007
 
Ever notice how most equipment malfunctions?
Answered By: jonsmarth - 6/27/2007
 
ever noticed how your brain malfunctions?
Answered By: nishu - 6/27/2007
 
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