Is There a New Physics Waiting to be Discovered?

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Spacecraft Flyby MysteryDo you remember the scene in Star Trek where they did the sling shot around the sun to pick up enough speed to go back in time. Well, this is not what they are talking about. It just made me think of that. I thought I would share a geek moment with you.

“Experts are intrigued by the fact that while the acceleration is tiny and has no significant effect on NASA missions, it holds great interest because no explanation based on conventional physics and understanding has been found. The effect is so persistent that it could indicate some physics not considered in previous attempts to explain the motions of bodies in the universe.

In 1998, for example, NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft had its speed boosted by an additional 13.5 millimetres per second. There are many examples of this, but no explanation – which raises the tantalizing possibility that it could be a sign that a whole new branch of physics is waiting to be discovered.” Read the full story

via “The Spacecraft Flyby Mystery” – Is Dark Matter the Culprit or is There a New Physics Waiting to be Discovered?.

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