“It takes a descent from orbit and keeps on ticking”

By on January 12, 2004

The Mars Rover team had the interesting problem of needing their shifts to show up 39 minutes later each day, in order to keep in sync with the Martian solar day, which is 24 hours and 39 minutes long.

To help, an expert watchmaker is creating special watches for them that keep Martian time.

They said it couldn’t be done. But in the sleepy little town of Montrose, California, nestled in the hills surrounding JPL, master watchmaker Garo Anserlian of Executive Jewelers is perfecting a timepiece for hundreds of Earthlings bound to Mars’ irregular day.

It’s neat to see old-world skills and craftmanship being applied to solve such a high-tech problem.

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