The United States aims for a Moon-specific time zone

The US government is set to establish a new time zone called Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) in 2026. This will be the first extraterrestrial time standard for safety and accuracy during space flights. The International Space Station will serve as the base for LTC, which will be based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The European Space Agency (ESA) has also prepared a similar system for space time zones. By creating a time zone for the Moon, countries and companies aiming for space exploration can make more accurate calculations.

Scottish Astronomer Royal Professor Catherine Heymans explains that gravity affects the passage of time differently in different places in the universe. By implementing LTC, NASA aims to remain a pioneer in space travel and enable more precise calculations for future missions to the Moon.

Finland is currently three hours ahead of UTC in summer and two hours in winter. 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. Time passes slightly differently in space than on Earth, with each day on the Moon being about 58.7 microseconds faster than on Earth.

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