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Loner stakes claim to gravity prize


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A lone researcher working with borrowed data may have beaten a $700 million NASA mission to the finish line by being the first to measure an obscure subtlety of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The phenomenon in question is the Lense-Thirring effect, a small force produced as the fabric of space-time gets twisted by a spinning mass such as a rotating planet. The force will drag the point at which a polar-orbiting satellite crosses the planet's equator by a small amount each year.

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Steve

If this is proved correct it will further show how accurate the theory of relativity is.

Finding this effect around Mars 1st is quite a surprise. You would have thought it could have been calculated aropund the earth 1st.

Cheers

ian

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