View Full Version : Do digital watches work in space?

Two McMillion
10-06-2015, 04:01 AM
Does anyone know if a standard digital watch will function in space?

William Haskins
10-06-2015, 04:07 AM
not sure about standard, but digital watches can, yes.


King Neptune
10-06-2015, 04:20 AM
Of course they can. Why wouldn't they? There would be a small relativistic effect that would result in them being behind when they returned to Earth.

10-06-2015, 07:30 PM
Do you mean in the actual vacuum of space, or in a contained environment like a functioning space station?

10-06-2015, 07:39 PM
If digital timers didn't work I imagine there would be a lot of trouble out there instrument-wise.

10-07-2015, 01:59 AM
Not to mention if there's some reason (other than a dead battery) for digital watches not to work, more than likely all the other equipment that relies on the same technology would also not work -- which is probably a large proportion of what's in a modern space station.

10-07-2015, 02:01 AM
Digital watches work fine. So do analog ones. One or the other, or both, have been on every space mission. Curious question though, what prompts it?