Little by little, the Moon is once again becoming an object of fixation for the scientific community dedicated to space exploration. So it was only a matter of time before someone had an obvious idea: create a lunar time zone.
The space mission project of the POT Artemis III was, perhaps, the point of no return where scientists and technicians realized the many problems that could arise in the medium or short term.
And it is that the space agency has the goal of carrying a manned mission to our surrounding star this year 2025. But there are multiple entities from different countries involved in the project.
What has outlined the emergence of some serious coordination problems due to time differences. Since we are talking about several nations with different times, coordinating efforts that go to a place outside of this world that does not have a time zone.
With the Artemis III mission it is half feasible to get ahead. But getting to the point where multiple countries are launching rockets to the moon can mean a serious mess with routing.
The apparently obvious solution would then be to establish a lunar time, which works more or less under the same logic as here on Earth.
But there is one more big little problem there. Time runs differently up there than down here.
That the Moon has its own time zone implies a conflict
Friends of techspottell us the details of this project that involves several specialists, including Pietro Giordano, current ESA navigation systems engineer.
Who shares an interesting detail, obvious, but perhaps not very addressed for this case of future projection. Where the Moon lives the passage of time at a different rate than the Earth.
Since time there is relatively 56 microseconds faster on the lunar surface, a figure that in the long run could be said to be equivalent to more than 2 seconds of lag per year.
It seems absurd and almost minimal, but in a future scenario of multiple space missions with rockets separated by a short distance with trajectories that could cross at the risk of collision, that variation could make the big difference.
To this we need to add the detail that there on that star the nights can last the equivalent of up to 15 days on Earth.
The good news is that once that problem is solved, solve the same conflict with Mars and your time lag will be less complex due to previous experience.