One LA family chose to live on Mars time for part of 2012

January 10 |
David Oh with his wife, Bryn, left, and their sons Devyn and Braden and daughter Ashlyn, show their Mars cake during a late-night dinner at their home in La Canada Flintridge. Photo via LA Times.

Did you hear the one about the family in Los Angeles who chose to live on Mars time for a little while? YOU GUYS. Here's the scoop:

As soon as the Curiosity rover touched down Aug. 5, David Oh and his fellow scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory switched from Earth time to Mars time, a schedule they planned to keep for the Mars Science Laboratory mission's first 90 days. Though a Martian day is just 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than a day on Earth, the difference adds up quickly, and the team's schedules inexorably pull away from those of their families.

Rather than lose David entirely, his wife, Bryn, and the couple's three kids joined David on Mars time for the first month, before summer vacation ended. The family found creative ways to push back the clock, whether watching the Perseid meteor shower at night or making 4 a.m. trips to a nearby bowling alley.

Amina Khan interviewed the family to follow up on their time adventure and see what it was like — you can read the interview here!

  1. What a beautiful family! And I bet they had so much fun! That's awesome.

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  2. This is so cool! And I would just like to point out that I first read the title as, "This family chose to live on Mars" and I was really curious to see where this article was going XD

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