I’m a retired NASA aerospace engineer, 1968-1999, Johnson Space Center, Houston.
Specialized for 31 years on projects involving Earth Resources Research Aircraft programs (remote sensing), Shuttle Payloads, designing and testing International Space Station hardware, supervising a robotics lab, and training astronauts on both the use of their emergency escape suits and the hardware they used to assemble the ISS.
Professionally, I’m neither a mathematician, astrophysicist, cosmologist, nor an elementary particle physicist, but I have followed these disciplines in the trades, newspapers, books, lectures, TV programs like NatGeo & Science Ch. (“How the Universe Works”, the latest was “How Big/Small is the Universe?”) and papers written by all the prominent names: Guth, Wheeler, Thorne, Einstein, Kaku, DeGrasse, et al… for the better part of my life. These information sources, though, are rife with theories/counter theories, arguments, misinformation, guesses, and sometimes sophomoric forum fights, due, I believe, to the fact that there are too many lingering “problems”, “mysteries” and “unresolved questions”. Everywhere I look there are “still-troubling mysteries”, “missing pieces of the puzzle”, i.e: • Why can’t we actually see a Black Hole, apart from deducing its presence from its effect on the surrounding medium?… we know they’re there.
• Why is there no visual counterpart to radio-telescopically pinpointed sources?
• Why can’t we “see” elementary particles which seem to “wink in and out of existence”? • Inflation. • Dark Matter/Energy.
• The direction of the center of the Universe. • Sizing of objects. This has bothered me for decades. Hell, I can’t even find out what the spin rate of an electron is. Some of you say it’s not a particle at all… that they’re more like discrete “clouds of energy” around the nucleus. What’s that about? Well, I think I have some answers… but don’t know who to go to for a frank, serious discussion. This stuff is a bit beyond where others have left off, so I need to communicate with someone who can temporarily relinquish their paradigms and think. I pride myself in correlating disparate aspects of different disciplines and have come to some interesting conclusions. I may be of some help solving some of those “mysteries”, by invoking none other than the Lense/Thirring (“frame-dragging”, “spinity”) Theory. Most workers agree that the gravity of a massive object warps the space/time in its immediate vicinity… but no one has gone the step further that I have: that you’re talking about our line of sight, and that changes the rule book. My thoughts on these matters are too lengthy to relate here. Is there an astrophysicist among you to whom I can ask some pointed questions?