Energy always moves towards lower energy.... So, simply put, space has a higher energy than Earth, but that energy is stagnated because it has nowhere to go. The whirlpool in the image shows water moving not towards mass.. F=G*m1m2/r^2 But towards negative mass... F=G*-m1-m2/r^2 And a rock would negate that energy. But forget mass for a moment, and think weight. Although the centre of the whirlpool has no mass compared to the water it still has the most weight around it. If you were trying to swim away from the hole you would feel the most force. If you swim far away from the hole you are in the higher mass, but less weight pushing on you. You can swim normally away from the whirlpool. So what you have at the centre of the whirlpool is no energy. What you have around that hole is high energy, and what you have around that high energy is low energy. So in cause and effect you have... zero energy.... high energy.... low energy So Earth is made from atoms, and mass is taken from atoms, and an asteroid around the Earth is made from atoms, and space is energy flow and direction. To create the same picture as the whirlpool you need to copy the cause, and effect onto the Earth... zero energy.... high energy .... low energy You do this in the atoms. So the nucleus of the atom is zero energy folding down like the whirlpool. Around the nucleus you have the spin force like the whirlpool. The spin force is the high energy. The spin force is the mass. But gravity isn't interested in the mass, it is trying to get to the zero energy behind the mass, and mass is just a consequence, and a relationship to the zero energy state. And around the mass you have the low energy that is queued up ready for high energy. The low energy of space that waits for holes to move into... black holes, and atoms. So although space looks like it has the lesser mass of the Earth, it actually has the higher mass, but the lower force.