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Mercury and frame-dragging in light of the MESSENGER flybys: conflict with general relativity, poor knowledge of the physical properties of the Sun, data reduction artifact, or still insufficient observations?

@article{Iorio2011MercuryAF,
  title={Mercury and frame-dragging in light of the MESSENGER flybys: conflict with general relativity, poor knowledge of the physical properties of the Sun, data reduction artifact, or still insufficient observations?},
  author={Lorenzo Iorio},
  journal={arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology},
  year={2011}
}
  • L. Iorio
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Physics, Geology
  • arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
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