10 Times NASA Totally Screwed Up!
Do you feel bad about yourself when you accidentally drop a cup and it breaks? Well, next time that happens, just be happy that you are not one of the technicians in Lockheed Martin, or one of the NASA’s employees, whose joined mistakes led to NOAA-19’s breakage. Basically, this weather satellite was supposed to be bolted down, but somehow it wasn’t, and nobody figured out until the satellite fell on the floor.
7. The OCO
When you built a $270 million worth satellite for measuring Earths CO2 levels, you believe it will work perfectly. And the OCO (Orbiting Carbon Observatory) launched in 2009 would have done great – if it had only reached its target location. Instead, this satellite fell into the Indian Ocean, due to a minor technical issue. In 2014, NASA launched OCO-2 that was more successful.