From: dlgsam@LanMinds.Com (David G. & Sandra A.M.)
Subject: Local Mars Time vs. Earth Time
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 20:13:11 +0100
Hi, my name is David Glaser. I'm a middle school science teacher in Berkeley California. Although I vaguely remember seeing the Apollo astronauts on TV, my earliest memory of being a space enthusiast is from 1974, when I went to a local science museum to see the first pictures of Jupiter sent back by Pioneer Jupiter. Obviously, a lot has changed technologically, since this time around I can get pictures downloaded into my home. I'm still wondering about how time is measured on Mars by planetary scientists, for my own curiosity, and because I want my students to keep track of the days on Mars. As far as I can figure it, there are two possibilities: 1. That the same units of time are used, but 37 minutes are added at the end of each sol, making the Martian day end at 24:37. 2. Creating new units of time which are proportionally longer so that the Martian day ends at 24:00, just like on earth. My guess is that option #1 is used, but I haven't found any direct mention of that.