NASA Discovers "Brand New Force of Nature"
The new mystery raises the question of whether scientists "know enough" about the law of gravity.
—NASA researchers are reporting that the space probe Pioneer 10 is being pulled back to the sun by an unknown force. As a result, scientists are considering the possibility that the probe has found "a new force of nature."
Dr. Philip Laing of the Aerospace Corporation of California said: "We have examined every mechanism and theory we can think of and so far nothing works. If the effect is real, it will have a big impact on cosmology and spacecraft navigation."
According to a report in The Telegraph, the research team says no current theories explain why the force stays constant: all the most plausible forces, from gravity to the effect of solar radiation, decrease rapidly with distance. (Photo: Telegraph UK/NASA)
Pioneer 10's behavior has also reportedly eliminated the possibility that [the probe is] being affected by the gravitational pull of unknown planets beyond the solar system.
Dr. Duncan Steel, a space scientist at Salford University, was quoted as saying the mystery "raises the question of whether we know enough about the law of gravity."
Source: Robert Matthews - The Telegraph, London
Friday, September 24, 2010
BRAND NEW FORCE OF NATURE
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