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Thursday, 09 September 2004


So NASA's $264 million star dust gathering mission has come to earth with a dismal splat

What drives me nuts is if the thing costs so much money, and took so many years, and was so supposedly important, is why the heck didn't they put a bit more redundancy into the parachutes? What's the worst thing that could happen if say all three independent parachute systems decided to deploy? Gee, the headlines would say "Solar probe came to earth three times more slowly than expected".

Sheesh. I think the boffins at NASA are too busy being mental giants to think about the simple stuff...

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