The United States aims for a Moon-specific time zone

The US government is set to introduce a new time zone called Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) in 2026. The White House has instructed NASA to create its own time zone on the Moon, called LTC, in order to establish extraterrestrial time standards for safety and accuracy during space flights.

Time passes slightly differently in space than on Earth, with each day on the Moon being about 58.7 microseconds faster than on Earth. This is explained by Scottish Astronomer Royal Professor Catherine Heymans, who notes 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 European Space Agency (ESA) has also prepared a similar system for space time zones, and 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.

NASA has been tasked with creating LTC by the White House, which aims to remain at the forefront of space travel by implementing this new time zone before its manned mission to the Moon in 2026. News agencies like Reuters, Britannia, and the BBC, as well as Australian science magazine Cosmos have reported on these plans.

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