The United States aims for a Moon-specific time zone

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

In Finland, time passes slightly differently in space than on Earth, with each day on the Moon being about 58.7 microseconds faster than on Earth. News agencies like Reuters, Britannia, and the BBC, as well as Australian science magazine Cosmos, have reported on the US government’s plans for creating LTC.

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. The US aims to remain a pioneer in space travel by implementing LTC before its manned mission to the Moon in 2026.

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency (ESA) has also prepared a similar system for space time zones. NASA’s implementation of LTC is expected to mark a new era in space exploration and enable more precise calculations for future missions to the Moon.

By Samantha Johnson

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