OT: You’ve Heard of Y2K? Try This On For Size

I find this hard to believe, so I’ve asked a colleague for confirmation: NASA gives green light for night launchpdf

If the launch does not happen on Dec. 7, NASA can keep trying through Dec. 17. After that, the agency will re-evaluate its options and may call it quits until mid-January.

NASA wants Discovery back from its 12-day mission by New Year’s Eve because shuttle computers are not designed to make the change from the 365th day of the old year to the first day of the new year while in flight.

The space agency has figured out a solution for the New Year’s problem, but managers are reluctant to try it since it has not been thoroughly tested.