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  Asked By: Mali    Date: May 24    Category: Java    Views: 379

This may interrest most of you, read it:

"What Time Is It On Mars, You Ask?
The successful Mars landing of the Java-powered Spirit rover is very
exciting to me. I understand that some of the project's researchers
have adjusted their schedules to the Martian day, which is about 40
minutes longer than an Earth day. How do they know what time it is on
Mars? Well, Dr. Robert Schmunk of the NASA Goddard Institute for
Space Studies has written the perfect Java tool to find out. Mars24
is a cross-platform Java application and applet which displays a
Mars "sunclock", a graphical representation of Mars showing the
current sun- and nightsides of Mars, along with a numerical readout
of the time in 24-hour format. Other displays include a plot showing
the relative orbital positions of Mars and Earth and a diagram
showing the solar angle for a given location on Mars. Mars24 requires
at least Java 1.3.1, and the program's website suggests that Linux
users will get better results with Java 1.4.1 or later installed.
It's cool, so I hope you enjoy checking it out."



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