Have you ever wondered what time it is on the moon? Well, to be fair, Earth’s time zones are also established by convention so the moon itself does not have a timezone.
However, given that more lunar missions are currently being planned, space organisations around the world are considering how best to keep time on Earth’s only natural satellite.
The idea came up during a meeting in the Netherlands late last year as participants agreed on the urgent need to establish ‘a common lunar reference time’.
Navigation system engineer Pietro Giordano said in a statement that a ‘joint international effort is now being launched towards achieving this.’
Currently, the moon runs on the time of the country that is operating the spacecraft. However, European space officials said an internationally accepted lunar time zone would make it easier for everyone.
This, given that more countries and even private companies aim for the moon, as well as NASA, gets set to send astronauts onto the moon.
The problem of time zone arose when NASA struggled while designing and building the International Space Station. The space station doesn’t have its own time zone as it runs on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is based on atomic clocks. This helps split the time difference between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, and the other partnering space programs in Russia, Japan and Europe.