What is the time in space?
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About Time: What is the time in space?

Theoretically, the world should be divided into 24 equal time zones, in which each zone differs from the last by one hour. But as the years have passed, the world has turned into a much more complicated place.

Time zones are now much more irregular and sometimes seem positively eccentric, affected as they are by political, geographical and social changes in the real world.

Add to that arguments over daylight saving, and you have a subject that has been the cause of furious debate around the world.

Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli is currently living on board the International Space Station.

He explained to BBC News how the ISS teams decide what time to set their watches to, given there are no time zones in space.

  • 21 Mar 2011