posted on Jan, 10 2006 @ 10:56 AM
Unfortunately, you're consfusing some things about relative speeds.
For example, on earth we have particle accelerators that smash particles together. They send one particle going one way at nearly the speed of light,
and another particle the other way at nearly the speed of light. When the two hit each other, it's at a speed of nearly TWICE the speed of light.
This is a combination of forces.
However, we say nearly twice as in, if we were standing on one particle, and it appeared to be still, then the other particle would appear to be
travelling twice the speed of light. However, it is not. That is only in relation to where we are standing.
Now, if you can throw a punch at 50mph, and you're standing on a bus going 50mph, then your punch is going 100mph. However, as you start to approach
the universal speed limit of 55 million mph, you will find that you can't punch your way past the universal speed limit. More or less, I'm saying
1+1 on this scale does NOT equal 2.
Let's slow down the speed of light. Let's say that light only travelled 2 metres per second in our universe. If you walk a 1m/s, that's all fine
and dandy. Let's also say that you were on a conveyor belt that moved 1m/s. If you were on a conveyor belt and were walking in the direction it's
moving, you wouldn't quite be walking at 2m/s. Instead, as you began to walk, the universe around you would seem to slow down. You would feel like
you are still walking at 1m/s, but since time for everyone but you is slowed down, your second goes by nearly, but not quite, twice as fast as
everyone else's. Other people watching you will see you going nearly 2m/s, but not quite.
Now, as for G-forces on the clocks. Since they were made to go into orbit and perform this test, I can only assume that they specifically built it to
withstand those G-forces, or based it on a type of clock (not a normal mechanical clock obviously) that wouldn't be affected by such things. Besides,
the G-forces would only matter while it's accelerating into orbit. Once in orbit, without things like air resistance to worry about, the clock would
feel like it is stationary.
As for the questions from Sight2Reality, here's the answers you should be looking for:
1. If a man on a cart is moving at 100mph, an outside observer will see him moving at 100mph. A man on the cart would see the other man on the cart
not moving at all.
2. If the outside observer throws a ball at 50mph in the same direction, the men on the cart will see the ball moving 50mph in the opposite direction
of them (and would see the man moving away from them at 100mph, coincidentally).
3. If the men on the cart then throw a ball ahead of them at 50mph, they will see it moving at 50mph, but the outside observer will see it moving at