Significant whitespace

Steven D'Aprano steven at
Mon Jan 4 07:56:03 CET 2010

On Sun, 03 Jan 2010 23:42:44 -0500, David Robinow wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM, Roy Smith <roy at> wrote:
>> In article <mailman.386.1262576043.28905.python-list at>,
>>  David Robinow <drobinow at> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 8:09 PM, Tim Roberts <timr at> wrote:
>>> > More than "not required", it was "not relevant".  This led to one of
>>> > the most infamous programming blunders in the early days of the
>>> > space program, when one programmer accidentially typed a period
>>> > instead of a comma resulting in the loss of a satellite:
>>> Interesting story. Did you make it up?
>> It's a fairly well known story.
>  Sure. But the question is, "Who made it up?"
> Computer folklore has incorrectly attributed the loss of the Mariner 1
> space probe to a syntax error in a Fortran program. For example, "Recall
> the first American space probe to Venus, reportedly lost because Fortran
> cannot recognize a missing comma in a DO statement…"[

What makes you believe it is incorrect?


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