martian solar day confusion

From: Steve Allen <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 21:53:36 -0800

Anyone who has visted the NASA/JPL website at
with a Flash-equipped browser has seen that the Mars Exploration Rover
teams are keeping Martian mean solar time. This is obviously a
requirement for a mission that relies on the sun for power, heating of
its motorized parts, and light for its imaging apparatus. From this
the rover teams are reportedly also experiencing confusion between
terrestrial and Martian solar time.

Even if civilization does spread throughout the solar system,
discontinuing leap seconds is not going to alleviate these sorts of

Steve Allen          UCO/Lick Observatory       Santa Cruz, CA 95064      Voice: +1 831 459 3046
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