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Scientists Are About to Chart a Course Through the Fabric of Space-Time

Scientists Are About to Chart a Course Through the Fabric of Space-Time

The LISA mission will use precision lasers over millions of kilometers to unveil the echoes of black hole mergers.

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As part of his General Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein predicted that the acceleration of any object with mass—anything from humans to supernovas to merging supermassive black holes—would physically shake the fabric of spacetime and create gravitational waves. Despite his prediction, Einstein readily admitted that these waves might be too faint to ever detect.

Pro tip: never tell an astronautical engineer something is impossible.

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