A Satellite with an Attitude Problem

A Satellite with an Attitude Problem

“High school students could do a better job!” a NASA executive said to us after the launch of the Solar Maximum Mission satellite (SMM). He was angry because the satellite could not tell us its attitude, which is satellite-lingo for how was it is oriented within its...
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  On a cold, sunny day in October 2015, I reported for jury duty in Montgomery County Maryland, where jury service was for one day or one trial. After a long orientation, I was called to a trial. Along with sixty-four other potential jurors, I went to a courtroom and...