January 17, 2013
KSC-03PD-3039 (10/30/2003) --- KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - This logo for the Gravity Probe B mission portrays the theory of curved spacetime and "frame-dragging," developed by Einstein and other scientists, that the mission will test. The Gravity Probe B will launch a payload of four gyroscopes into low-Earth polar orbit. Once in orbit, for 18 months each gyroscope’s spin axis will be monitored as it travels through local spacetime, observing and measuring the effects. The experiment was developed by Stanford University, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Lockheed Martin.
Topics: Environment, Tests of general relativity, Celestial mechanics, Physics, Frame-dragging, Gravity Probe B, Spacetime, Gravitation, Orbit, General relativity, Spaceflight, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Technology Internet