Time on the Moon – level 3

08-04-2024 07:00

The White House directed NASA to establish a new time system for the Moon called Coordinated Lunar Time (CLT).

Due to the Moon’s different gravitational field strength, time moves faster there by 58.7 microseconds every day. This small difference may seem insignificant, but it can cause problems for spacecraft synchronization. The US government wants this new time to help coordinate efforts to reach the Moon, both from the US and private companies. NASA has been given until 2026 to develop CLT. They said it’s important to establish international rules as various countries and companies compete to go to the Moon.

Professor Catherine Heymans, an astronomer, explained the complexities of determining lunar time because of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and gravitational effects. Establishing a unified time standard becomes essential as lunar exploration intensifies.

Difficult words: synchronization (the coordination of events to occur at the same time), complexity (being complicated), unified (brought together, whole).

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What is the significance of establishing a new time system for the Moon, and why does it become more important as lunar exploration increases?


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