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article imageNASA flight director's family now lives by Martian time zone

By Abigail Prendergast     Aug 21, 2012 in Science
NASA flight director, David Oh, has taken his whole family to Mars - or more precisely synced their bodies with its time zone. Celebrating the Curiosity's landing, the clan of five rearranged their schedules to coincide with the red planet's clock.
The family of Mars flight director, David Oh, is joining the husband, father and NASA engineer on a journey to sync up their body clocks with the time zone on Mars.
According to MyDesert.com, after the Curiosity rover landed on the red planet, the Oh, his wife Bryn and their three children, have essentially joined the spacecraft by essentially being in the same time zone.
It is typical for NASA scientists and engineers to make reports on the Martian clock, but not for their whole families to "flip their orderly lives upside down, shifting to what amounts to a time zone change a day."
This stay-at-home Martian adventure, near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the Curiosity was manufactured, Bryn felt that she "could not pass up" the opportunity to take her kids, Braden, 13, Ashlyn, 10 and Devyn, 8 on what she saw as quite the vacation.
“We all feel a little sleepy, a little jet-lagged all day long, but everyone is doing great,” Bryn Oh said two weeks into the endeavor.
Since days on Mars last 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than those on Earth, the extra time can take its toll after a while. Almost 800 people who worked on the Curiosity project also took it upon themselves to sync up with Martian time. Most of them say that "it feels like perpetual jet lag."
In the days leading up to Curiosity's touchdown on August 5, the Oh children were abiding by a fairly similar sleep schedule to what they were already used to - at first. After some time, breakfast was at 3:00 PM, lunch at 8:00 PM and dinner was at 2:30 in the morning. Bed time came after a 5 AM dessert.
Google Earth Partners are soon going to be offering their services to bring back images taken by Curiosity, for those who would rather stay used to our native time zones. According to eWeek, people "can click on the image and scroll across the scene to see the Mars surface from every angle."
A 360-degree panoramic view of the red planet is now available through Google Earth partner, 360cities.net.
As for the Oh family, Bryn did confess that it is "easy to lose track of what day it is."
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