April 14, 2024 1:44 pm
The United States aims for a Moon-specific time zone

The US government is set to implement a new Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) in 2026. This will be the first extraterrestrial time standard established for safety and accuracy during space flights. NASA has been instructed by the White House to create its own time zone on the Moon, which will be called LTC. LTC will be based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) followed by the International Space Station.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has also prepared a similar system for space time zones. The implementation of LTC is expected to mark a new era in space exploration and enable more precise calculations for future missions to the Moon. News agencies like Reuters, Britannia, and the BBC, as well as Australian science magazine Cosmos, have reported on these plans.

Scottish Astronomer Royal Professor Catherine Heymans explains that gravity affects the passage of time differently in different places in the universe. By creating a time zone for the Moon, countries and companies aiming for space exploration can make more accurate calculations. This is especially important when it comes to calculating time passes slightly differently in space than on Earth, with each day on the Moon being about 58.7 microseconds faster than on Earth.

The US aims to remain a pioneer in space travel by implementing LTC before its manned mission to the Moon in 2026. This new era of space exploration will enable more precise calculations and pave the way for future missions beyond our solar system.

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