The Pioneer Anomaly effect is an excellent opportunity to empirically check the true relativistic mass gain of long journeys into deep space.
For long journeys into deep space, such as the Pioneer 10 and 11 rocket journeys, scientists will have to take the gain in mass, due to the force of the rocket engines and Jupiters gravity attraction, during their accelerations, into their calculations, in order to have a more accurate picture of the Pioneers’journey.
A slight tweeking of the relativistic effects on the spacecraft’s motion may eliminate the anomaly altogether and give better paradigm for future long distant space journeys. The data from the two journeys that has been learned is a good opportunity to find a more accurate value for C2 which may be much different then the theoretical value presently used. For future journeys into deep space, scientists should include, the new corrected inertial mass, (and therefore gravitational attraction) caused by the force of the rocket engines and Jupiter’s gravity, during its acceleration, into their calculations.
I explain this – inertial mass gain – in my book – “The Mind of Mankind” as the “space energy level” of a body. The Pioneer Anomaly effect is an excellent opportunity to empirically check the true relativistic mass gain of long journeys into deep space.
I hope this helps solve the mystery of the “anomaly” of the Pioneer 10 and 11 space journeys.
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