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warped spacetime

GETTING A GRIP ON GRAVITY  Einstein's general theory of relativity explains gravity as a distortion of space (or more precisely, spacetime) caused by the presence of matter or energy. A massive object generates a gravitational field by warping the geometry of the surrounding spacetime. 

Early Bird satellite

EARLY BIRD  Engineers work on Intelsat I, also known as Early Bird, one of the first international communication satellites. It launched in 1965 to relay and broadcast TV signals between Europe and the United States.

Rudi Mandl

With some help from Science News Letter (the precursor to Science News), a restaurant dishwasher named Rudi Mandl persuaded Einstein to explore the phenomenon of gravitational lensing.

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