Originally posted by zorgon
What it is explaining is perfectly accurate, but not relevant to the objects in the video... nor do I have time or inclination to explain anything to you 'in *great* detail'
if it is accurate it is relevant to anything inside the earth's gravitational field. i wasn't aware this all took place billions of kilometers from the earth?
What 'mounds of data' would that be save your opinion and a wikipedia link? You are still ignoring the TIME that would be required for the Earth's gravity to have said effect. It would not show visible changes of that proportion as we see in the motion study over a 20 sec interval (the duration of the study) Now if you can find me a physics professor or orbital mechanic that can show me otherwise...
32 feet per second acceleration every second is extremely high acceleration. it is also constant acceleration. in 20 seconds, they will be moving 640 feet per *second* faster towards the earth than at the moment filming began. you don't have to be a physics professor to understand physics 101. you can read up on this with a simple google search.
Really? You mean to tell me that the shuttle will not maintain orbit? Funny I thought for sure the orbital speed of the shuttle was such that it counteracted the 'fall' I understand from NASA that it would stay in orbit a very long time if the return engines failed. I am sure Jim Oberg could address that
So again it does not fit your theory... nice try though
the shuttle's orbit is not perfect. it is very hard to create a perfect orbit - that is why the shuttle has thrusters. to correct its orbit when drift is detected. with no fuel, it will slowly decay because of human error.
please, PLEASE open your mind.