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Offline nacnud

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Human built 'Solar System'
« on: 07/08/2006 12:17 am »
Ok the title is a little exaggerated but there is an article in New Scientist that talks of an experiment that could look at gravitational interactions by positioning a sun (an 8 cm sphere of tungsten) and a smaller 'planet' at SEL2 to see if there is any difference from theory in their motions. A sort of enhanced gravity probe B.

New Scientist Article: Mini solar system could reveal hidden dimensions

I think this is well worth a look and hope it gets funding, especialy considering the pioneer anomaly.

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Re: Human built 'Solar System'
« Reply #1 on: 07/09/2006 02:26 am »
One to be moved to advanced section maybe?

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Re: Human built 'Solar System'
« Reply #2 on: 08/18/2006 06:44 pm »
Interesting concept.

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Re: Human built 'Solar System'
« Reply #3 on: 08/30/2006 06:17 pm »
The amazing engineering achieved by Gravity Probe B gives me hope that this experiment is possible. L2 is a fair way out to park but an ion drive could definitely get there in a couple of years I'd think, perhaps with some help from the moon. It would be a fascinating experiment.
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RE: Human built 'Solar System'
« Reply #4 on: 08/31/2006 01:27 am »
That was interesting, but made my head hurt at the same time :)

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RE: Human built 'Solar System'
« Reply #5 on: 09/23/2006 02:15 am »
I don't mean to wax cynical but if you're looking for an opinion it sounds like a rip-off. Everyone see's how easy it is to con well meaning public servants out of funds. Why I, myself just the other day, did exactly that to the tune of several trillion dollars. But seriously I think the stray fields at whatever point your at, even in the conversation if you know what I mean, will just about kill any chance for funding which of course would have to be arranged through my office. Ok, open up this is the police. Tootles.