August 31, 2012

A 'Curiosity' Family Lives on Mars Time

Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times


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David Oh's eldest son taped aluminum foil over his windows. His daughter painted a sign warning visitors away from the front door. His wife pulled the phone cord out of the wall and turned the couple's cellphones off.

David's time on Earth had come to a temporary end — and he was taking his family with him.

As soon as the rover Curiosity dropped onto the Martian surface on Aug. 5, David and hundreds of his fellow scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory switched from Earth time to Mars time.

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TAGGED: Nasa, Sleep, Jet Lag, Curiosity (rover)

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