USA Aiming for Separate Time Zone on the Moon

Beyond Earthly Time: The Establishment of Coordinated Lunar Time for Space Exploration

In 2026, the US government plans to establish a new time zone called Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) for activities related to space exploration on the Moon. The US space administration, NASA, is being tasked with creating this time zone to ensure safety and accuracy as more space flights are launched to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

The White House Technology Authority’s OSTP representative Steve Walby explained that establishing extraterrestrial time standards is crucial with the increasing interest in space exploration. LTC will be based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is also used by the International Space Station.

Time on the Moon passes slightly faster than on Earth, with each day on the Moon being about 58.7 microseconds faster than a day on Earth. This difference in time passage is due to the effects of gravity in different parts of the universe. By creating a time zone for the Moon, countries and companies involved in space exploration can make more accurate calculations for their missions.

Nasa is expected to implement LTC by 2026, coinciding with the United States’ planned manned mission to the Moon. The ESA (European Space Agency) has also developed a similar system. This initiative aims to keep the US at the forefront of space exploration and to set a standard for international cooperation in space missions.

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