Mars24 Sunclock — Time on Mars

Changelog

The current version of Mars24 is 8.3.0, released 2022-12-30.

Version 8.3.0: Released 2022-12-30.

  • Java 11 is required to run Mars24.
  • ExoMars Rover and Surface Platform has been delayed until 2026 or probably later as ESA explores alternative launch, landing and heating systems.
  • Allow user to change a sunclock landmark's color via mouse popup on landmarks table.
  • Re-organize landmarks code package.
  • Various updates to help pages.
  • NASA's InSight mission has ended due to a loss of communications resulting from loss of power caused by dust build-up on the lander's solar panels.
  • (macOS) Provide a download specifically for use on a M1/M2 Mac with ARM64 Java.
  • (Windows/Linux) Trigger the all-windows-closed quit watcher more predictably.
  • Library: Updated Apache pdfbox to v. 2.0.27.
  • Library: Updated pdfbox-graphics2d to v. 0.42.

Version 8.2.3: Released 2022-04-10.

  • Specific Zhurong landing site coordinates obtained from Liu et al. (2022). Unfortunately, we have no information about any lander mission clock timekeeping.
  • Re-organized display controls so that Sunclock Landmarks are in a separate panel.
  • ExoMars Rover and Surface Platform landing site abbreviation changed from "E22" to "RSP", but note that that mission is now indefinitely postponed. ESA have indicated the 2022 launch was "impossible" due to March 2022 global circumstances.
  • Bugfix: Corrections to coordinates of a few locations in landmarks list.
  • Bugfix: Layout of "add clock view" dialog when view type selection changed.
  • Library: Updated Apache pdfbox to v. 2.0.21.
  • Library: Updated slf4j to v. 1.7.32.
  • Library: Updated JDOM to v. 2.0.6.1.

Version 8.2.2: Released 2021-06-26.

  • Noted landing of CNSA's Tianwen-1 project Zhurong rover. Lon-lat coordinates are per news articles and are only good to within 0.1°. A mission clock is not yet included.

Version 8.2.1: Released 2021-03-30.

  • Landing time and lon-lat coordinates for Mars 2020 Perseverance are now official.
  • Help pages updates and corrections.
  • Code linting and minor optimizations.

Version 8.2: Released 2021-03-10.

  • Java 9 is required to run Mars24.
  • The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landed on Feb. 18. Landing site lon-lat coordinates updated to unofficial values.
  • Added planned Tianwen-1 (formerly Huoxing-1) landing site coordinates based on a space.com article.
  • Bugfix: Log file not receiving entries.
  • Many help pages link updates, many due to gov't HTTP/HTTPS change.
  • Library: Updated Apache pdfbox to v. 2.0.21.
  • Library: Updated pdfbox-graphics to v. 0.29.
  • Library: Updated GISSmap to v. 2.6.1.
  • Code linting and minor optimizations.

Version 8.1: Released 2020-04-07.

  • Added planned NASA's Perseverance (aka, Mars 2020) landing site and mission clock.
  • Added planned ESA/Roscosmos's ExoMars 2022 landing site. (Note: Mission previously listed as ExoMars 2020.)
  • Library: Updated Apache pdfbox to v. 2.0.18.
  • Library: Updated pdfbox-graphics to v. 0.23.
  • Library: Updated slf4j to v. 1.7.30.
  • Library: Updated GISSmap to v. 2.5.0.
  • Bugfix: Logger exception if saving display image as PDF.
  • Bugfix: Seeming app hang if saving display image as PS.
  • Code linting and minor optimizations.
  • (macOS) Notarized in order to pass new Gatekeeper security test.

Version 8.0.3: Released 2019-06-18.

  • Bugfix: Incorrect label on "current" dot in analemma display.
  • Bugfix: Panorama display could not be set to show InSight lander site with mission time.
  • Subscript the "s" in display of Ls value in analemma display and clock views.
  • Additional improvements to analemma display.

Version 8.0.2: Released 2019-05-23.

  • Updated InSight (NSYT) landing location to official released values.
  • Library: Updated Apache pdfbox to v. 2.0.14.
  • Library: Updated slf4j to v. 1.7.26.
  • (macOS) Java app launcher should be compatible with alternative Java distributions, including openjdk, Corretto and Zulu.

Version 8.0.1: Released 2019-02-13.

  • Removed MER-B Opportunity from landers and clocks displayed by default.
  • Show AMT offset in clock view if local mean zonal time is selected for Mars location.
  • Bugfix: (Windows) Quit-watcher might trigger before clock and graphic windows appear.

Version 8.0: Released 2018-12-13.

  • Java 8 is required to run Mars24.
  • Added "Check for Updates" tool to preferences and to Help menu.
  • Added VIS DIM2.1 map to list of sunclock map choices.
  • Bugfix: Incorrect label on current dot in analemma display.
  • (macOS) Use Java 9+ Desktop handlers if running that Java version.
  • Rewrote help/credits windows to use JavaFX WebView, if available.
  • (macOS) Partially accomodate Mojave "Dark Mode".
  • Re-factored drawing of tickmarks and labels on Orbits plot.
  • Re-organized settings/preferences window.
  • Added controls to allow additional Orbits plot tickmarks to be labeled.
  • Added a few more projections to sunclock map choices.
  • Update landing coordinates for MER-A Spirit to Doppler tracking values given by Li et al. (2005).
  • Added Mars Insight (NSYT) mission timekeeping.
  • Updated landing coordinates for Mars InSight (NSYT) to estimated location; will be updated when more accurate values are announced.
  • Added two dozen other geographical features to preset list, including largest craters.
  • NASA Mars 2020 landing site may be marked on sunclock by selecting Jezero Crater from landmarks.
  • ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2020 landing site may be marked on sunclock by selecting Oxia Planum from landmarks.
  • Library: Updated slf4j to v. 1.7.25.
  • Library: Updated GISSmap to v. 2.3.3.
  • Library: Switched to Apache PDFBox (v. 2.0.13) for PDF output.
  • Code linting and minor optimizations.

Version 7.1: Released 2015-06-30.

Version 7.0: Released 2012-08-03.

Version 6.0: Released 2008-05-22.

Version 5.5: Released 2005-11-30.

Version 5.2: Released 2004-02-20.

Version 5.1: Released 2003-10-30.

Version 5.0: Released 2003-07-28.

Version 4.5: Released 2002-11-07.

Version 4.0: Released 2002-04-25.

Version 3.5: Released 2001-04-11.

Version 3.0: Released 2000-09-15.

Version 2.0: Released 2000-01-21.

Version 1.0: Released 1998-04-15.

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