NASA Probe Confirms Key Predictions in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

10 May, 2011 at 08:58 | Posted in Science | Leave a comment
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By Andres Cordova
Epoch Times Staff

Researchers from NASA and Stanford University recently proved that space time is affected by the presence and the rotation of gravitational bodies such as planets and stars. These phenomena were predicted by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and are called the geodetic effect and frame dragging respectively.

The experiment was successfully carried out by scientists using a machine known as “Gravity Probe B,” which according to Stanford’s press release took 52 years to design, construct and deploy, and used “four ultra-precise gyroscopes housed in a satellite” for its calculations.

Stanford’s press release further describes the experiment, “If gravity did not affect space and time, Gravity Probe B’s gyroscopes would point in the same direction forever while in orbit. But in confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the gyroscopes experience measurable, minute changes in the direction of their spin, as if they were pulled by Earth’s gravity.”

“Imagine the Earth as if it were immersed in honey,” said Stanford physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator for Gravity Probe B, in the release. “As the planet rotated its axis and orbited the Sun, the honey around it would warp and swirl, and it’s the same with space and time.”

These discoveries may allow scientists to ponder a little less skeptically towards the possibility of time travel, specifically time travel towards the future.

Read more: NASA Probe Confirms Key Predictions in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity | Science | Epoch Times


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