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Why scientists say we need to send clocks to the moon — and soon

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The Quirk of Timekeeping on the Moon #

For those involved in the renewed space race, the intricacies of timekeeping have come to the forefront. With plans to establish permanent settlements on the moon, NASA and its partners are grappling with the fact that time passes differently on the lunar surface compared to Earth. The space agency is working on creating a new time scale specifically for the moon, accounting for the fact that seconds tick by faster there. The goal is to establish a method of tracking time that all space-faring nations can agree on. This new time scale is considered foundational to future lunar exploration efforts.