Famous Computer Failure

A programmer made a fatal error in the code of Mariner 1. The code was being transferred from a page where it was handwritten to the computer.  The writer missed writing a superscript bar that made the software in the rocket think that minor variations of velocity were serious and sent the rocket off course. This human error led to a software error that  caused a $18.5 million dollar failure. This information was accessed from this website. 


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