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Pioneer Anomaly Solved By 1970s Computer Graphics

March 31st, 2011 03:56 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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Frans Faase updated us on a Pioneer Mystery we’ve been following for many years: something is tugging Pioneer 10 & 11. A few years ago a theory surfaced but now “A new computer model of the way heat is emitted by various parts of the Pioneer spacecraft, and reflected off others, finally solves one of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics. Previous calculations have only estimated the effect of reflections. A computer modeling technique called Phong shading was used to work out exactly how the the emitted heat is reflected (PDF) and in which direction it ends up traveling. Taking into account the reflections on the antenna seem to make the anomaly disappear.”

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