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A Guidance and Navigation Control (GNC) issue scuppered last night's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9. Conversely, the European Space Agency (ESA) celebrated a successful restart of the Mars Express orbiter following a software update. TESS is less Scheduled for launch yesterday, the …

  1. Credas Silver badge

    Re: re-orientated itself

    Why not just reoriented?

    Because orientate is a perfectly good alternative to orient - albeit not one much used in American English?

  2. ArrZarr Silver badge
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    Re: re-orientated itself

    Whenever I think of something getting Oriented, I get vague images of pointy straw hats and rice paddies. I'll admit that it Occidentaly confuses me so I use orientate.

  3. Dave 126 Silver badge

    Re: re-orientated itself

    'Orient as a verb means to "find direction" or "give direction." The noun form of this kind of orienting is orientation.

    Sometimes people in their speech will form an imagined verb from orientation and say orientate. At best, orientate is a back-formation used humorously to make the speaker sound pompous. The correct word is the verb orient.'

    - http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000245.htm

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Whenever I think of something getting Oriented

    I think of facing towards Mecca. I don't know if that is a good thing for a satellite.

  5. PNGuinn Silver badge
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    Re: re-orientated itself

    Now you've done it ArrZar - you've got me imagining a spinning oriental potentate.

    NURSE!

    >>... It's the one that buttons up at the back, thanks.

  6. PNGuinn Silver badge
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    Re: Whenever I think of something getting Oriented

    "I think of facing towards Mecca. I don't know if that is a good thing for a satellite."

    Bingo!

    Ok I'm going ....

  7. A K Stiles Silver badge
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    Re: re-orientated itself

    Orientate as a word has been in usage in British English for approximately 200 years. After that length of time I'm not sure there's any validity to the suggestion that it is not 'correct'. In my UK experience, it is much more common than 'orient' which I've only ever heard uttered by folks from the ex-colonies (US, Oz, Southern Africa).

    from The OED

    "ORIENTATE: More commonly used in British English than orient, while the latter is the more frequent of the two in American English. Orientate is commonly regarded as an incorrect usage in American English."

  8. tfb Silver badge
    Boffin

    Re: re-orientated itself

    'Orient' originally meant 'east' or 'to face east' as a verb, which was an important thing to people who build churches. The verb then got generalised to mean 'to face in a well-defined direction', and a new noun was invented, 'orientation'. In turn a new verb was invented from that, 'orientate', by analogy with 'levitate' / 'levitation', 'remonstrate' / 'remonstration' and so on.

    That's how language works: people invent new words, and if people use them then they are correct.

  9. A K Stiles Silver badge

    Re: re-orientated itself

    "That's how language works: people invent new words, and if people use them then they are correct."

    Unless you're French apparently... </sarc>

    From the OED link above,

    Orientated, adj (1857). Oriented, adj (1875). Unlike many 'Americanisms', it appears that this one isn't actually a case of America retaining an older usage whilst the British evolved the language further. Interesting.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    Does not compare

    "Makers of certain consumer electronics should take note that it is possible to create an update that both extends the life of a device and improves its performance."

    I bet ESA would have sent brand-new hardware if they could. These things take years to build and reach their destination. Can't really compare that to continuous integration of hardware evolution in consumer devices.

  11. Anonymous Coward
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    Psychological Projection

    That is what the author is doing here.

    "NASA reported that the TESS spacecraft itself remains in excellent health as it perches nervously on top of the Falcon 9."

  12. The Nazz Silver badge

    Should i be miffed?

    "Makers of certain consumer electronics should take note that it is possible to create an update that both extends the life of a device and improves its performance."

    I mentioned this to the SO and she only had one word to say : VIAGRA

    Should i be miffed?

    She then mumbled something about being traded in for a younger model.

  13. harmjschoonhoven
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    All about TESS

    TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will seek worlds close to home. It is designed to spot planets orbiting nearby bright stars.

    Read the story here.

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    As computers shrink...

    Instead of having a computer, they could have dozens. Like a committee.

    Mike: "Bob's got the update, and he's busy rebooting. Oh dear, he just locked up. We'll restore him."

    Patty: "Oh Fred's just packed it in. He's dead. We've decided to turned him off. RIP Fred."

  15. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    Re: As computers shrink...

    Well, yes... answers by concensus.

    But I have a vague memory of the first(?) space shuttle launch, which sat on the pad for a while as four computers argued with a fifth, built by a different maker. It was right; they were wrong...

  16. Pat Harkin

    It took an hour to reboot?

    What's are they running - Vista?

  17. A K Stiles Silver badge
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    Re: It took an hour to reboot?

    28 minutes to send the reboot command, 4 minutes to reboot and self-test and transmit the reply message, 28 minutes to send the response back to earth, or thereabout I suspect.

    Did I miss your joke icon?

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