How do celestial bodies warp the fabric of space-time and interact with each other?
ABOUT THIS EXPERIMENT
Scientists still aren’t sure what gravity is exactly, but we know it affects everything in the universe. We tend think of gravity as a force of attraction, but it’s also been described as a curvature of space-time in the presence of mass. This National Science and Technology Medals Foundation interactive invites you to bend the fabric of space-time and observe the resulting gravitational forces. By adjusting the variables of mass, distance, and velocity, you can trigger orbits, collisions, and escape velocities in space.
The National Science and Technology Medals Foundation celebrates the amazing individuals who have won the highest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics award in the United States.
Jeremiah P. Ostriker
Studied the gravitational effects of dark matter.
John A. Wheeler
Popularized Einstein’s theory of relativity after WWII.
Charted the topology of space-time.
Robert H. Dicke
Predicted the discovery of the Big Bang echo.
Allan R. Sandage
Discovered the first quasar.