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Record 89 of 3298
Testing relativity with solar system dynamics
Author and Affiliation:
Hellings, R. W.(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Abstract: A major breakthrough is described in the accuracy of Solar System dynamical tests of relativistic gravity. The breakthrough was achieved by factoring in ranging data from Viking Landers 1 and 2 from the surface of Mars. Other key data sources included optical transit circle observations, lunar laser ranging, planetary radar, and spacecraft (Mariner 9 to Mars and Mariner 10 to Mercury). The Solar System model which is used to fit the data and the process by which such fits are performed are explained and results are discussed. The results are fully consistent with the predictions of General Relativity.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1984
Document ID:
19860027605
(Acquired Nov 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 86A12343
Subject Category: ASTROPHYSICS
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication Information: SEE A86-12326
Publisher Information: Netherlands
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 21p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ASTRODYNAMICS; ASTRONOMICAL MODELS; GRAVITATIONAL CONSTANT; RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS; SOLAR SYSTEM; ASTROMETRY; DATA ACQUISITION; LASER RANGE FINDERS; LUNAR RANGEFINDING; TIME DEPENDENCE
Imprint And Other Notes: IN: General relativity and gravitation (A86-12326 02-90). Dordrecht, D. Reidel Publishing Co., 1984, p. 365-385.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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