Day and night, like gravity, can be simulated on a spaceship. Alternating periods of light and dark make us feel closer to “normal.” But there are other worlds spinning around other stars and naturally they don’t all spin at the same rate. What’s normal for us is not normal for them.
Our internal clocks aren’t perfect though. Our days and nights can be gradually lengthened or shortened. Our minds and bodies will adjust to the change. It only made sense then after first contact was established that we match the schedule of the alien planet. So during the first half of our journey each day and night was altered by a few minutes and we have been living on alien time since.
We are scheduled to arrive at our destination in about half an alien day. I’m still not clear on the conversion factor between home time and alien time. I only know this: we attack at dawn.
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