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Pioneer Anomaly Solved
« on: 04/05/2011 02:46 PM »
The "Pioneer Anomaly": Case Closed

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/119226989.html

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Re: Pioneer Anomaly Solved
« Reply #1 on: 04/05/2011 02:50 PM »
For some reason, I'm reminded of the punchline in this comic: http://xkcd.com/54/

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Re: Pioneer Anomaly Solved
« Reply #2 on: 04/05/2011 06:04 PM »
Hah!  The xkcd punchline reminds me of something.  About five years ago there were people talking about asking the organization I worked for to look into the Pioneer Anomaly.  I don't remember the specifics, but I do know that we really didn't want to do this. 

If I remember correctly (and that's doubtful), it was because we had the opinion that this wasn't really how you "do science."  You don't do science by creating a committee and taking a vote.  You do it by letting individual researchers (or teams of them) go out and collect data, form theories, develop explanations, and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.  If they're right, their conclusions will stand up over time.  If they're wrong, somebody will publish a paper that refutes their findings.

So this _might_ solve the Pioneer Anomaly.  But we cannot say that it currently does solve it.  We'll have to see how people respond to this explanation.

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Re: Pioneer Anomaly Solved
« Reply #3 on: 04/05/2011 08:33 PM »
Someone is wrong on the Internet.
http://xkcd.com/386/

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