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The word: Anomaly April 26, 2009

Posted by frewon9 in Fail stuff.
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the overuse criticism. But compounding the problem is
the fact that the meaning of the term “anomaly” is often misunderstood
within NASA. The word is often used (misused) as a synonym for
“abnormal”, “problem” or “failure”. But the pure form of the word
does not inherently connote any negativity. It simply indicates a
deviation from the nominal.

− An anomaly is simply a deviation from the nominal.
And this points toward the fact that an even more overused and
frequently misunderstood word at NASA is “nominal”. This word is
commonly used as a synonym for “normal” or having “no problem”. But
“nominal” does not necessarily indicate something that is positive.
Here’s what it actually means:
− Nominal is simply a condition as it has been defined, good or bad.

for more redirect to this link.

http://sci.tech-archive.net/pdf/Archive/sci.space.shuttle/2008-02/msg00408.pdf

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