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Coordinated Lunar Time

Coordinated Lunar Time:

The US White House officially directed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create a time standard for the Moon, which different international bodies and private companies can use to coordinate their activities on the lunar surface

  • Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) will provide a time-keeping benchmark for lunar spacecraft and satellites that require extreme precision for their missions.
  • It will also synchronise the communication between satellites, astronauts, bases and the Earth.
  • A unified time standard would be essential for coordinating operations, ensuring the reliability of transactions and managing the logistics of lunar commerce.
  • LTC : As there is less gravity on the Moon, time ticks slightly faster there relative to the time on the Earth.In other words, for someone on the Moon, an Earth-based clock will appear to lose on average 58.7 microseconds per Earth day with “additional periodic variations”.
  • It can create problems for situations such as a spacecraft seeking to dock on the Moon, data transferring at a specific time, communication, and navigation