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Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity Just Passed Its Most Rigorous Test Yet

Scientists have demonstrated that Einstein’s theory of general relativity is correct with a remarkable degree of accuracy, despite having been around for over a century.

The team behind the research wanted to test a component of Einstein’s theory of general relativity called the Weak Equivalence Principle, which states that all objects, regardless of mass or composition, should fall equally in a particular gravitational field when interference from factors such as atmospheric pressure are removed. To do this, scientists measured the acceleration of free-falling objects in a French satellite called MICROSCOPE, launched in 2016.


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