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Posted by Rich on July 23, 2002 15:53:19 UTC

"I heard something about the voyager space craft suddenly slowing down when the past a certain region past the solar sytem."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,658970,00.html

This article deals with the unexpected slowing down of Pioneer and Voyager. However, the suddenly used in the above post is misleading. The slow down is not nearly as exciting as alikar wants you to believe in his, yet again, unreferenced claim.

From the article
"And that tracking has thrown up surprises. Pioneer 10 is slowing down faster than expected simply based on the gravitational attraction of the sun and planets. The effect is tiny - only about one part in 10bn of that due to the Earth's gravity acting on you right now - but it is definitely there."

The reason for the slowing down is still unknown.

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