WorseAstronomer

2006-Jan-19, 09:06 PM

So the New Horizons Probe is supposedly the fastest thing NASA has launched. Eventually reaching roughly 47,000 mph I read. My quick math means that it will be travelling at 0.00007c.

I'm guessing that the relativistic effects of time/distance are too negligible at that velocity for the engineers to take into account?

If so, is there a speed at which the technicians/engineers would start factoring in relativistic effects for a probe?

Thanks!

I'm guessing that the relativistic effects of time/distance are too negligible at that velocity for the engineers to take into account?

If so, is there a speed at which the technicians/engineers would start factoring in relativistic effects for a probe?

Thanks!