Nasa family switches over to Mars time

2012-08-19 22:18

La Canada Flintridge - One California family of five is learning what it's like to live on "Mars time" this summer.

Nasa flight engineer David Oh had to switch to Martian time after the rover Curiosity landed on Mars earlier this month. His wife and three children decided to tag along to see what it is like.

A day on Mars is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, so they've been waking up, sleeping and eating at odd hours. One day last week breakfast was at 15:00.

Every mission to Mars, hundreds of Nasa scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory make the time change for three months. But it's unusual for an entire family to join in.

The kids will be on Mars time for about a month.


  • des.cider - 2012-08-19 23:08

    If this country changed to Martian time, the consequences could include forty more minutes per day of DSTV repeated rubbish and longer Teletubbies episodes, forty minutes more per day in traffic jams, forty minutes more per day of Malema speeches, increased numbers of exhaustion cases in government departments and higher bank charges (as if the banks needed an excuse). We need to think very carefully about this.

      henningvw - 2012-08-20 09:05

      40 minutes more time for your hobbies, 40 minutes extra family time, watching a sunset going for a walk... Mars could do you good, but I'm sure you'd think of something to complain about soon enough.

  • Nicola Van Der Merwe - 2012-08-19 23:58

    Only a troll would be so negative and uppity about nothing. Get a life I feel sorry for you

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-08-20 03:38

    What an experience for this family! Awesome!

  • MoshKaDeph - 2012-08-20 05:58

    Searching for disaster thinking they are too clever. One day they will find what they are looking for.

      Mark - 2012-08-20 07:15

      @MoshKaDeph - Bwaaahaha. Your elevator obviously does not go all the way to the top floor.

  • stirer.kathray - 2012-08-20 06:02

    We should be akin to that in South Africa. We live on African Time. Most government ministers arrive at public events at least 40 minutes late.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-08-21 07:30

      true story a certain maths prof or at a certain university handed out assignments in which the only way the answers could be correct would be if an hour had 100 minutes... and this prof argued about it when it was pointed out "I neva make dis mistakes"...uh you did you compiled the assignment. It of course explains African time

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-08-20 14:17

    What a cool dad they have :)

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