Einstein's Theories Put To The Test
from the it's-about-time...-and-relativity dept
Well, it’s only taken half a century, but NASA has finally gotten around to going ahead with a study to test some of Einstein’s most well known theories, about how the earth distorts space and time. The experiment will take place aboard a satellite and use a bunch of specially created balls (described as “the most perfect spheres ever made”) in a vacuum flask chilled to near absolute zero. The balls will be set to spin, and if Einstein’s theories are correct, their orientation should change ever so slightly. Of course, it sounds like we’ll have to wait until at least the middle of 2005 to find out how the experiments went. Of course, some people have waited for ages for this experiment to go forward anyway, and the bad joke generator in my mind is (of course) suggesting that I point out “it’s all relative” anyway.