Facebook launch video captions have issues: “Core pressures Asian looks good”

  • Well, at least the bots got the launch countdown right. [credit:
    NASA/Facebook ]

An Antares rocket built by Northrop Grumman launched on
Wednesday afternoon, boosting a Cygnus spacecraft with 3.4 tons of
cargo toward the International Space Station. The launch from
Wallops Island, Virginia, went flawlessly, and the spacecraft
arrived at the station on Friday.

However, when NASA’s International Space Station program

posted the launch video
to its Facebook page on Thursday, there
was a problem. Apparently the agency’s caption service hadn’t
gotten to this video clip yet, so viewers with captions enabled
were treated not just to the glory of a rocket launch, but the
glory of Facebook’s automatically generated crazywords.
As of Thursday morning, 86,995 people had watched the Facebook
video.

Some of the captions are just hilariously bad. For example, when
the announcer triumphantly declares, “And we have liftoff of the
Antares NG-11 mission to the ISS,” the automatically generated
caption service helpfully says, “And we have liftoff of the
guitarist G 11 mission to the ice sets.”

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Facebook launch video captions have issues: “Core pressures Asian looks good”