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Bug #29828 closed:corrected

NASA did not say new aircraft would approach speed of light

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This bug appeared in a news report published by Yahoo! News on Jan 24, 2011. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Misquotation

the translation to spanish says "velocidad de la luz", the quoted source (NASA) really says "speed of sound".

NASA source:



Pedro Restrepo has not contacted Yahoo! News

Bug History

Jan 24, 2011 6:52 pm Open Pedro Restrepo
Jan 27, 2011 10:08 am Open: Under Discussion Mark Follman
Feb 01, 2011 4:32 pm Closed: Corrected Mark Follman
Feb 08, 2011 12:19 pm Open: Under Discussion Mark Follman
Feb 09, 2011 9:30 am Closed: Corrected Mark Follman

Discussion Leave a comment

Thanks, Pedro. We have emailed an editor at Yahoo News to see about getting this corrected.

Jan 27, 2011 10:08 am

At some point after this bug was reported Yahoo corrected the error; the phrase in question has been changed to "la velocidad del sonido" from "la velocidad de la luz."

However, there is no correction notice or any other indication on the story that it has been changed.

(As of today we have not received a response from Yahoo about the error report.)

Jan 31, 2011 10:34 am

Oddly, this Yahoo News story has since reverted back to the erroneous text. Details, and much more about the process of trying to get this mediabug fixed, on our blog today:


Feb 08, 2011 12:21 pm

Yahoo News has fixed the story and posted a correction notice at the bottom of it. Why the erroneous text was changed several times — see my blog post linked above — remains unclear. We have not heard further from Yahoo News since this Twitter message yesterday:

"@media_bugs Thx for flagging this. We're checking with the Yahoo! Latin America team on this & we'll get back to you."


Feb 09, 2011 9:27 am