P5_4 The Relatively Special Voyager 1 Clock

David Molloy, Ben Rayson, George Knott, Mark Sharman


We calculate the extent of the effects of special relativity on the Voyager 1 space probe by calculating the difference in time between an atomic clock in a stationary frame on Earth and one on the Voyager 1. We determine that there would be a difference of 2.19$s$. We also calculate the change in length to be $1.08\times 10^{-9}m$ and the change in mass to be $1.4 mg$.  We also discuss the possible pitfalls of our assumptions.

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