The U.S. is leading an initiative, through NASA, to establish a standardized lunar time to support the growing number of moon missions and international space activities, aiming for accuracy and coordination in the expanding realm of lunar exploration. In this effort, we must realize that there are minor variations introduced, due to how clocks progress in space, and how astronauts could sync up with earth clocks. This is in average of 60 microseconds per day, This move highlights the importance of global cooperation and technical precision in humanity’s next steps in space exploration, and will be needed as we continue to explore.

The White House on Tuesday directed NASA to establish a unified standard of time for the moon and other celestial bodies, as the United States aims to set international norms in space amid a growing lunar race among nations and private companies. The head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), according to a memo seen by Reuters, instructed the space agency to work with other parts of the U.S. government to devise a plan by the end of 2026 for setting what it called a Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC). The differing gravitational force, and potentially other factors, on the moon and on other celestial bodies change how time unfolds relative to how it is perceived on Earth.

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