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My imagination is coming up with a few seemingly logical ideas but my first mental instinct was to think "I wonder what Phage will say." Does that happen to anyone else?
"After launch, a spacecraft accepts electrons from the surrounding space plasma until the craft's voltage is sufficient to repel further electrons. Near Earth it is known that a spacecraft may attain a negative potential of several tens of thousands of volts relative to its surroundings. So, in interplanetary space, the spacecraft becomes a charged object moving in the Sun's weak electric field. Being negatively charged, it will experience an infinitesimal "tug" toward the positively charged Sun. Of most significance is the fact that the voltage gradient, that is the electric field, throughout interplanetary space remains constant. In other words, the retarding force on the spacecraft will not diminish with distance from the Sun. This effect distinguishes the electrical model from all others because all known force laws diminish with distance. The effect is real and it will have a fundamental impact on cosmology and spacecraft navigation because Pioneer 10 has confirmed the electrical model of Stars!"
Originally posted by filosophia
If it is being pulled towards the sun, it has to be because of gravity. Their theory is that since it is so far out, gravity does not reach it, which is untrue, gravity exists everywhere in the universe, the only difference is the magnitude of the gravitational force, caused by the distance between two objects:
F = GMm/R2
* F is the force of attraction between two objects in newtons (N)
* G is the universal gravitational constant in N-m2/kg2
* M and m are the masses of the two objects in kilograms (kg)
* R is the distance in meters (m) between the objects, as measured from their centers of mass