This photo is the first image of Mars taken by NASA "Internal Mars Mars" after its successful landing on the plains of Elisim Planiya on November 26, 2018. The dust seen in the picture is dustproof to protect the camera.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Time zones are always inconvenient – but interplanetary time differences are harder to follow, and now that NASA's Mars Insight landed on the Red Planet, it's exactly what the mission's members should do.
The Martian day is not too different in the length of the earth day – it's only about 37 minutes longer. But over time, all those minutes are added to neutralize the Martian day, called salt, from Earthly Plans.
And it turns out that it's a pain for people who run Mars robots, such as InSight's landing – people as Farah Alibay Loader Systems Engineer. The InSight team is small enough that members do not break into shifts as people do behind the Curiosity rover; instead, they work as one group, Alibey told Space.com in a video interview. [NASA’s InSight Mars Lander: Full Coverage]
People in the team also want to work during Mars night, while the spacecraft does not work. So they signed yesterday at 3 o'clock. local time at the NASA's Laboratory Laboratory in California (6 am EST, 2300 GMT) for a 12-hour shift, Alibay said before landing InSight. But if they always followed Marty's time, their schedule would fall 37 minutes a day, which is hard for people to manage.
"Making that change every day is too hard for human bodies," said Alibey. So the team members have worked out a compromise. "When planets are aligned and we are able to work during our day and night time on Mars, then we work daily, then when they do not, we work daily and there are many scientific analyzes to start between those days, so it works. "
The mission calendar will run with tears, landing on November 26 by designating Sol 0. (InSight's scientific mission should last a total of 709 sols or nearly two earth years.) So, for Alibay and her colleagues who need to move Earthquakes, trials and family plans while working with Insight Harbor, it's a relief not to get stuck on Mars time for all 709 of those salts.
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