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Like NASA rover, family switches over to Mars time

David Oh
In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, David Oh, a flight director of NASA's latest Mars mission, far left and his family have breakfast at 3 pm at their home in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. The Oh family has been living on Mars time and following an odd schedule ever since the NASA rover Curiosity landed in an ancient Martian crater on Aug. 5. Siting from left: David, Devyn, his wife Bryn, Braden, and Ashlyn.Damian Dovarganes / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

One California family of five is learning what it's like to live on "Mars time" this summer.

NASA flight engineer David Oh had to switch to Martian time after the rover Curiosity landed on Mars earlier this month. His wife and three children decided to tag along to see what it is like.

A day on Mars is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, so they've been waking up, sleeping and eating at odd hours. One day last week breakfast was at 3 p.m.

Every mission to Mars, hundreds of NASA scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory make the time change for three months. But it's unusual for an entire family to join in. The kids will be on Mars time for about a month.