The Failure of the Hubble Space Telescope | Bad Ideas #35

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Let’s say you’re working on the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA in 1990. You’ve been trying to get this telescope into space for the past thirty years. You watch the launch and everything goes fine. Until the telescope deploys and it quickly becomes clear that you’ve made a horrible mistake. A four BILLION dollar mistake. What do you do?
This is the story of the telescope that was a massive failure until it wasn’t. This is the story of how NASA learned from it’s mistakes to get better at working with people. This is the story of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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