The December 1997 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine reports that NASA is preparing to test a possible anti-gravity device at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Popular Mechanics article by Jim Wilson says that NASA's experiment is based largely on work previously conducted by Dr. Eugene Podkletnov at Tampere University of Technology in Finland.
In September, 1996, the prestigious British Institute of Physics announced that it would publish a paper by Podkletnov and his colleagues detailing what appeared to be an astonishing breakthrough toward genuine anti-gravity technology. However, Podkletnov himself withdrew the paper prior to publication, when one of his named co-authors disclaimed any part in the work. The controversy cast suspicion on the whole story. But NASA remained interested.
According to Popular Mechanics, sometime during the next several weeks, NASA will test a device which uses a superconductor disc chilled to -400 F and rotates suspended over a powerful magnetic field. If their hopes are realized, the disc will show an apparent loss of weight in the range of 0.5% to 2.0% due to an anti-gravity effect. The experiment is to be done at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
The device is based on numerous conversations between NASA scientists and Dr. Podkletnov.
Critics say the loss of weight, if any, will be an effect of the powerful magnetic field, not any kind of anti-gravity phenomenon. Some familiar with the experiment say they do not expect to see any effect whatsoever.
Podkletnov himself said that the effect was discovered by accident, and critics of his paper noted that he did not seem to have a theory for why the effect occurs. None of this, however, seems to deter the NASA scientists working on the new device.
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