(Bro wake up!)
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) — For one family, an exotic summer getaway means living on Mars. Martian time, that is.Since the landing of NASA’s newest Mars rover, flight director David Oh’s family has taken the unusual step of tagging along as he leaves Earth time behind and syncs his body clock with the red planet. Oh’s wife, Bryn, could not pass up the chance to take their kids — 13-year-old Braden, 10-year-old Ashlyn and 8-year-old Devyn — on a Martian adventure from their home near the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the Curiosity rover was built. Days on Mars last a tad longer. Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours — the definition of a day. Neighbor Mars spins more lazily. Days there — known as sols — last 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than on Earth. The difference may not seem like much each day, but it adds up. Each day slides forward 40 minutes. That results in wacky work, sleep and eating schedules. Many say it feels like perpetual jet lag. One day last week, the family ate a 3 p.m. breakfast, 8 p.m. lunch, 2:30 a.m. dinner and 5 a.m. dessert before heading off to bed. To sleep when the sun is out, their bedroom windows are covered with aluminum foil or cloth to keep out any sliver of light.
I literally had tears in my eyes reading this story. To the point that I actually got up from my desk and walked over to the First Lady and tried to explain what was happening. “Like no you don’t understand honey…she put her kids on Mars time. Like literally Mars time. They eat breakfast at 3pm and have dinner at 5am. They lose 40 minutes every single day and have perpetual jet lag.“ I mean look at the little Asian kid. Poor fella doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going. He’s just out cold on his fee in the middle of the day. Seriously child abuse has never been so hilarious. This is totally how I’m going to punish my kids. Oh you want to be a wise ass? Fine you’re living on Mars time for the next month. Have fun with that.