Testing Einstein in Space: The Gravity Probe B Relativity Mission

  • John Mester
  • the GP-B Collaboration
Part of the Progress in Mathematical Physics book series (PMP, volume 52)


The Gravity Probe B Relativity Mission was successfully launched on April 20, 2004 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a culmination of 40 years of collaborative development at Stanford University and NASA. The goal of the GP-B experiment is to perform precision tests of two independent predictions of general relativity, the geodetic effect and frame dragging. On-orbit cryogenic operations lasted 17.3 months, exceeding requirements. Analysis of the science data is now in progress with a planned announcement of results scheduled for December 2007.


Proper Motion Spin Direction Guide Star Gravity Probe Housing Electrode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Mester
    • 1
  • the GP-B Collaboration
  1. 1.Hansen LaboratoryStanford UniversityUSA

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