Martian watches

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  1. Alpacaman says:

    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.

  2. nixiebunny says:

    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.

  3. JMB98115 says:

    Martian days are 2.7% longer than Earth days.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timekeeping_on_Mars

  4. That’s really good for people controlling the Mars rovers. So they get to office in time ;)
     

  5. 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.

  6. Neill "Dire" Mitchell says:

    Executive Jewelers? The Late 20th Century called – They want their website back.

  7. Ipo says:

    No cloud cover.  Sundials should work for much of the time. 

  8. Jim Saul says:

    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.

  9. Promethean Sky says:

    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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