Main Question or Discussion Point
The base units are meters kg and seconds, right? So are some equations meant to use a different set, like cm kg minutes or something. And is it always assumed to be si unless told otherwise?
However, on September 23, 1999, communication with the spacecraft was lost as the spacecraft went into orbital insertion, due to ground based computer software which produced output in Imperial units of pound-seconds (lbf-s) instead of the specified metric units of newton-seconds (N-s). The spacecraft encountered Mars at an improperly low altitude, causing it to incorrectly enter the upper atmosphere and disintegrate.