One of the lads I work with took a picture of himself at his laptop.
Now, when the meeting gets boring, he loads that and wonders off to do something useful
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Most satellites store data on board the spacecraft and then it is downloaded at regular intervals. The down load needs an extensive team as you need to:
1 - Calculate exactly where the spacecraft is;
2 - Point the antenna to the spacecraft;
3 - Initiate the download (this usually stops recording on device #1 and starts recording on device #2);
4 - When the download is complete, start downloading from device #2 and restart device #1 (sometimes the recording is left on the second device and that is downloaded at the next schedule);
5 - Release the antenna team so they can start working on other satellites.
This requires at least 4 teams and they are almost always shift workers so that is a minimum of 20 people (to allow for time off and covering 24 hours per day).
Stop reading conspiracy theory sites and go see what NASA have to say about it:
You are making the unnatural assumption that editing, compiling and testing is considered work.
Real work consists of having an Excel spread sheet with hundreds and thousands of =VLOOKUP() formulae and several pivot tables. Each spread sheet takes 6 hours to update each day so that it is properly configured for the boss to see project status. The other 2 hours is for the sales staff to discuss handicaps and cycling performance results.
And of course the Imperial measures are so much more simpler. I mean, everyone can remember the sequence:
12 inches in a foot
3 feet make a yard
22 yards make a chain
10 chains make a furlong
8 furlongs make a mile
And don't forget thous, links, rods and leagues ...
All much simpler than this stupid EU metrification where everything is based on 10. I mean, who the hell can remember that ...
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