Like no other modern endeavor, the space program inspires all mankind by pushing the edge of the possible. At least, when it works it does. Often, the casual integration of satellite technology into nearly all modern electronics combines with imagery of brave astronauts going forth for all mankind to obscure the basic fact that sending something into space is damn hard, and often fails.
So, inspired by the recent loss of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite, Popsci.com is taking a look back at the Top 10 missions that didn't slip the surly bonds of Earth, failed to trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, and most certainly did not touch the face of God.
I take exception to the a few of these as 'failed'.
Most notably, the Hubble was corrected and has been an enormous success. Lesser examples are the precious metal craft ( partial success ) and the sat that fell off the truck ( I assume that it was repaired).
Just as a quibble, the mixed engineering unit bird should have been described as a 'gaffe', not a 'gaff'. I did some research and 'gaff' is accepted as some low grade alternative, but 'gaffe' is the standard.
It would be nice to see the price tags of these mistakes. I always like to know where my tax-dollars are going.