The Pioneer anomaly: the data, its meaning, and a future test

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dc.contributor.author Nieto, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.author Turyshev, Slava en_US
dc.contributor.author Anderson, John en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-06-26T19:42:11Z en_US
dc.date.available 2006-06-26T19:42:11Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2004-09-06 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0-7354-0293-0 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/2062 en_US
dc.description "The Pioneer Anomaly: The Data, its Meaning, and a Future Test," Proceedings of the 2nd Mexican Meeting on Mathematical and Experimental Physics. Held in Mexico City, Mexico: 6-10 September 2004. AND Also archived at: arXiv:gr-qc/0411077 v2 22 Nov 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract The radio-metric Doppler tracking data from the Pioneer 10/11 spacecraft, from between 20-70 AU, yields an unambiguous and independently confirmed anomalous blue shift drift of a_t = (2.92 \pm 0.44)\times 10^{-18} s/s^2. It can be interpreted as being due to a constant acceleration of a_P = (8.74 \pm 1.33) \times 10^{-8} cm/s^2 directed towards the Sun. No systematic effect has been able to explain the anomaly, even though such an origin is an obvious candidate. We discuss what has been learned (and what might still be learned) from the data about the anomaly, its origin, and the mission design characteristics that would be needed to test it. Future mission options are proposed. (Refer to PDF file for exact formulas.) en_US
dc.description.sponsorship M.M.N. thanks Alfredo Macías and Claus Lämmerzahl for their kind hospitality and acknowledges support by the U.S. DOE. The work of S.G.T and J.D.A. was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. en_US
dc.format.extent 436289 bytes en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Institute of Physics en_US
dc.subject Doppler data en_US
dc.subject Pioneer spacecraft 10 and 11 en_US
dc.title The Pioneer anomaly: the data, its meaning, and a future test en_US
dc.type Proceedings en_US

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