Mars Timr

Dr. Oh had a Little Lamb
Mars: 20M (Sol 20) 20:41 LMST
Earth: August 26, 2012 17:17 PDT
Dad is posing with the Mars mission mascot; a stuffed sheep.  The sheep has been around since MER (Spirit and Opportunity) and was the mascot for the Integration and Test Team (the guys who built MSL).  It was around when Curiosity was being built!
I’m posting this at the end of our Sol; just after 5pm Earth time.  Now that our schedule’s coming around we can start using words like tomorrow again!  Tomorrow (Monday the 27th) is our last day of summer vacation.  During the first week of school we’ll still be shifting our clocks! View Larger

Dr. Oh had a Little Lamb

Mars: 20M (Sol 20) 20:41 LMST

Earth: August 26, 2012 17:17 PDT

Dad is posing with the Mars mission mascot; a stuffed sheep.  The sheep has been around since MER (Spirit and Opportunity) and was the mascot for the Integration and Test Team (the guys who built MSL).  It was around when Curiosity was being built!

I’m posting this at the end of our Sol; just after 5pm Earth time.  Now that our schedule’s coming around we can start using words like tomorrow again!  Tomorrow (Monday the 27th) is our last day of summer vacation.  During the first week of school we’ll still be shifting our clocks!


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CNN on Mars Time
Mars: 20M (Sol 20) 12:02 LMST
Earth: August 26, 2012 08:24 PDT
On Sol 19, we got to go to the Hollywood CNN studio to talk about Mars time.  It was really fun getting to see the inside of a tv studio, but we were all a bit rattled when we were told that we would be broadcasting live.  Everyone was really nice, and we had a great time!  (My little brother doesn’t like to be on tape, so he didn’t come)
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/08/25/mars-rover-family.cnn View Larger

CNN on Mars Time

Mars: 20M (Sol 20) 12:02 LMST

Earth: August 26, 2012 08:24 PDT

On Sol 19, we got to go to the Hollywood CNN studio to talk about Mars time.  It was really fun getting to see the inside of a tv studio, but we were all a bit rattled when we were told that we would be broadcasting live.  Everyone was really nice, and we had a great time!  (My little brother doesn’t like to be on tape, so he didn’t come)

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/08/25/mars-rover-family.cnn


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Around the World in 30 Days

Mars: 19M (Sol 19) 19:45 LMST

Earth: August 15, 2012 15:39 PDT

Well here we are with a schedule that is quickly becoming normal!  Dad has a quote that he uses to describe th Mars time concept.  He likens Mars time as to jumping a time zone every day, and going around the world in 30 days.  We are currently in Reykjavik, Iceland and solmorrow will be over the Atlantic.  Up next is St. John (Newfoundland), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and then Boston, here in the USA!

These pictures are of us shopping for last minute school supplies and eating dinner (at noon) at the local Panera Bread.  (Bty, the Time magazine is about Mars!)  Both happened during the day with lots of other people.  Sadly our nighttime adventures are coming to an end.


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Groceries and Blue Tongues

Mars: 18M (Sol 18) 08:59 LMST

Earth: August 24, 2012 03:56 PDT

We’d gone out and decided to get some slurpees at the local 7/11.  While there we discovered a fedora hat rack, so of course we had to try some on.  Our schedules have come around enough that we can go shopping as stores open.  We needed some food for dinner, so we stopped by Ralph’s at 6am, just as it opened.  Inside we discovered that special covers are put over the refrigerators, and that our tongues turn blue from blue raspberry slurpees.


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Nocturnal JPL

Mars: 17M (Sol 17) 18:58 LMST

Earth: August 23, 2012 13:32 PDT

As our schedules come around, our adventures are becoming less and less nighttime oriented.  This nighttime photo of the JPL campus is probably one of the last nighttime pictures I’ll ever post. :( 

The other picture is of the elevator right outside Mission Control.  Perhaps we should have a vote; cool or creepy?

Bty, it’s 1:30pm (ish) and we’re about to go to bed.  In not too long we’ll be back on daylight hours!


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Biking at the Rose Bowl
Mars: 17M (Sol 17) 14:00 LMST
Earth: August 23, 2012 08:26 PDT
For the first time in a while we’ve had a normal looking photo.  We went biking from 6 to 7am around the Rose Bowl.  There were a considerable number of people there, but the difference between us and them is that we’d been up all night.  
Our schedule is starting to wrap around.  Right now we’re waking up between 10 and 11pm (at night), and going to bed between 1 and 2pm (of the next day).  For us, school starts on the 28th, so we should be waking up between 3 and 4am on the first day of school! View Larger

Biking at the Rose Bowl

Mars: 17M (Sol 17) 14:00 LMST

Earth: August 23, 2012 08:26 PDT

For the first time in a while we’ve had a normal looking photo.  We went biking from 6 to 7am around the Rose Bowl.  There were a considerable number of people there, but the difference between us and them is that we’d been up all night.  

Our schedule is starting to wrap around.  Right now we’re waking up between 10 and 11pm (at night), and going to bed between 1 and 2pm (of the next day).  For us, school starts on the 28th, so we should be waking up between 3 and 4am on the first day of school!


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Cabin Fever… in California?

Mars: 17M (Sol 17) 07:34 LMST

Earth: August 23, 2012 01:50 PDT

Now that we’ve been on Mars time for almost a month, we’re starting to feel some side effects.  We think we are feeling a mild form of cabin fever.  There are two main things that are effecting us; Sunlight and people.

Sunlight not only provides vitamin D, but it also effects attitude.  Some people on MER suffered from depression due to lack of sunlight.  We don’t feel depression, but we do feel cooped up.  We try to go out during daylight hours and that helps us feel less stuck indoors.

The biggest problem we have is with people.  It’s been great being together as a family, and we’ve had some really important bonding time.  However, being with the same people 24/7, and not seeing anyone else (for the most part) gets to you after a month.  This week we’ve arranged times to see friends to help combat it.  We are actually looking forward to school just so we can see other people!  (This is not saying that we don’t get along - there have actually been less arguments since we’ve been on Mars time)

I’d just like to thank all my readers and followers.  I didn’t think that I could get more than 1000 hits all month, but I’m currently at over 14,000 hits!  Thanks so much!


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This is All Things Considered… about Mars time?

Mars: 16M (Sol 16) 11:36 LMST

Earth: August 22, 2012 05:19 PDT

Mom and Dad were invited to be on NPR’s “All Things Considered” radio program.  Mom was excited to be in a radio studio to be recording for a real program.  They got to meet Melissa Block (who hosts “All Things Considered”) who made a ton of references to this blog!  They took some pictures and let me post them, so here you go!

This link is to the article: 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/21/159579181/jet-lagged-nasa-engineer-and-his-family-are-living-on-mars-time


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Bonaventure Adventure

Mars: 16M (Sol 16) 07:03 LMST

Earth: August 22, 2012 00:38 PDT

We were driving around downtown LA and decided to stop by the Bonaventure Hotel.  The first three (or four) floors were designed to be a shopping center.  There’s a nightclub on the first floor that we walked by.  It was really loud, and there were tons of people despite the fact it was 1am (with that going on, I don’t know how the people upstairs fell asleep).  The elevators are really cool; they’re glass, and travel 35 stories high!

There was an AP press release about us, so we stopped by Hollywood to find a 24 hour newsstand.  On the way we saw this advertisement for Spacecraft (we actually have no idea what it is).  We thought it was cool, so we took a picture by it.  We found the newsstand, and we found us in the Pasadena Star Times!


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Ryan’s FYI - Nova episode about Mars
Mars: 15M (Sol 15) 05:01 LMST
Earth: August 20, 2012 21:53 PDT
This email is a few months overdue, but for those of you interested in Mars this might be fun. View Larger

Ryan’s FYI - Nova episode about Mars

Mars: 15M (Sol 15) 05:01 LMST

Earth: August 20, 2012 21:53 PDT

This email is a few months overdue, but for those of you interested in Mars this might be fun.


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