Many people on earth celebrate the New Year on January 1st. With NASA, SpaceX, and other companies trying to get people to the surface of Mars in the future and possibly set up a base there, the holidays on the Red Planet will be very different from those here on Earth. An example is Mars celebrating its New Year on February 7th.
A year on Mars lasts 687 Earth days because it has a much wider orbit than Earth. Because the planet orbits more slowly, any person in the distant future who could be born on the red planet would have fewer birthdays than anyone else born on earth. ESA says you would have to divide your current age by 1.88 to get your Martian age.
Another interesting tidbit about Mars is the year 2021 here on Earth, on Mars the year 36. According to ESA, the Martian years began to be counted in 1955. The first Martian year coincided with a large dust storm in the second half, referred to as « the great dust storm of 1956 ». Another thing that future humans will have to deal with on Mars is longer days known as sols.
The Mars day lasts approximately 24 hours and 39 minutes. This extra time literally gives more time in the day, which is what many people here on earth want. This is going to be an exciting year for Mars, with three spaceships from different countries scheduled to reach the red planet. Spaceships are on their way from NASA, China and the United Arab Emirates.
One of the most exciting missions is the NASA spacecraft, which also has a helicopter on board. The mission and helicopter experiment will have a significant impact on future exploration if a flight on Mars is possible. If you miss this year’s New Year celebration on Mars, the next one will be on December 26th, 2022.