The Morning After: The Moon needs its own time zone

Space agencies and private companies around the world are scheduling their own lunar missions over the next few years, and that can be complicated to coordinate if they all use different time zones. During a meeting at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC technology center in the Netherlands last year, space organizations discussed the “importance and urgency of defining a common lunar reference time.”

In a new announcement, ESA navigation system engineer Pietro Giordano said that a “joint international effort is now being launched to achieve this.” There were some challenges: They had to decide whether to keep lunar time on Earth or not because the clocks on the Moon run faster based on the satellite’s position. Each day of the Moon, in Earth terms, is 29.5 days long.

– Matt Smith

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You must enter your email address to join the waitlist. The Bluesky app reportedly borrows heavily from Twitter. However, it includes minor variations such as “What’s up?” instead of “What happened?” with a simplified process to create a post (which can also include photos) by selecting a plus button. So… yes. Everyone is great on Twitter.

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The company’s policies lean heavily on the homeowners’ side.

Airbnb bans users who may associate with people the company considers a safety risk. Although short-term rental companies face an impossible balancing act of making owners feel safe without unfairly discriminating against renters, the Its appeals process — a critical step in catching overreaches — appears to have erred on the side of perceived homeowner security.

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