Cory Doctorow at 9:51 pm Thu, Feb 9, 2012
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CDR sez, "Watches that keep Martian time. Originally for a Mars Mission, now for anyone who needs something useless yet infinitely desirable."
Pages here http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/spotlight/spirit/a3_20040108.html and here http://www.marstoday.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=13372 say they were for rover operators. So to clarify, it seems they were never meant to visit mars, and they did get used for their original purpose.
I wonder what movement he used? A modified ETA makes sense.
I always thought that Martian timekeepers would want to wear my Nixie watch, as the open-source firmware can be hacked to make Martian time. I ought to drive over to the building where they keep track of the Martian missions and ask them.
That Nixie watch?
Did you make that?
Those are ridiculous. Absurd.
Time machines from an alternate reality.
Martian days are 2.7% longer than Earth days.
That’s really good for people controlling the Mars rovers. So they get to office in time ;)
You don’t need a special watch. http://www.giss.nasa.gov/tools/mars24/merclock.html
I would, however, love to get a fully programmable clock for the iPhone or, at the very least, a Mars clock.
Executive Jewelers? The Late 20th Century called – They want their website back.
No cloud cover. Sundials should work for much of the time.
What a perfect, inspirational gift for a child just starting to dream of becoming an astronaut, and being on the first manned mission to Mars.
Unfortunately, my youngest niece only wants to be a neuroscientist. Sigh.
I’ve always wondered how Martians would deal with the extra 37 minutes. Add a short hour? You can’t redefine what an hour is (and by extension minutes and seconds) cause then you screw up metric standards.
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