[FPSPACE] Monitoring 2 NASA satellites for 11 years proves frame-dragging

Nick Watkins nww62 at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Oct 23 09:49:07 EDT 2004


Was "frame-dragging" the *specific* effect GPB was
designed to test ? 

N 

--- DwayneDay <zirconic1 at earthlink.net> wrote: 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: LARRY KLAES <ljk4 at msn.com>
> 
> *************************
> Spinning Earth twists space
> news at nature.com<mailto:news at nature.com> October 20,
> 2004
> *************************
> 
> "Frame-dragging," one of the last
> untested predictions of general
> relativity, has been confirmed by
> the first reasonably accurate
> measurement of how the rotating
> Earth warps the fabric of space.
> Researchers charted the path of two
> NASA satellites over 11 years with
> laser range-finders with the
> precision of a few millimeters. The
> effect dragged...
> 
> *********
> 
> This is what critics of Gravity Probe B claimed
> would happen--that before that spacecraft could
> return its results, the theory would essentially be
> proven by other research.  Ultimately, NASA spent
> $700 million on GPB.  As a colleague of mine once
> suggested, the people running the GPB project
> somehow proved to be excellent lobbyists, thwarting
> every effort to cancel it.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> DDAY
> 
> 
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