Will NASA use atomic clocks on the moon as part of their initial timekeeping method?


Atomic clocks are ultra-precise timekeeping devices that use atomic vibrations to measure time accurately. NASA may use atomic clocks on the moon to ensure precise timekeeping for missions and communication. In the moon's low-gravity environment, where time moves slightly faster than on Earth due to gravitational effects, atomic clocks provide a reliable reference for coordinating with Earth.

Resolves Yes if NASA uses atomic clocks as part of their initial timekeeping method.

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Do you want to maybe specify a time period, like before 2035? Or during a mission of the Artemis program?

@LoganTurner How is this?

@KeenenW in the title is the usual way right?

@TheAllMemeingEye I'm not sure what you mean

@KeenenW Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by "initial timekeeping method". The next crewed landing will be Artemis 3, and they would need to complete other tasks before theoretically setting up an atomic clock. Are you asking something like "Will Artemis 3 astronauts use an atomic clock located on the Moon's surface?"

A different question would be, "Will lunar activities ever be scheduled by an atomic clock on the surface?". Because they could install one as an experiment but not rely on it.

Personally, I'd think it'd be just as interesting if any crew did so in the next ten years, as Wikipedia only mentions a planned Venus orbit mission.

@LoganTurner Not long ago the White House told NASA to get some logistics together. NASA said plan by end of 2026. If they plan on setting up an Atomic Clock, but use other timekeeping methods before they get it set up, that's okay and this will still resolve Yes.

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