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Time and Navigation

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781588344915
Author(s): Andrew Johnston
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Dimensions: 234 x 20 x 287 (w x l x h)
Pages: 224

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If you want to know where you are, you need a good clock. The surprising connection between time and placeis explored in'Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There,' the companion book to the National Air and Space Museum exhibition of the same name. Today we use smartphones and GPS, but navigating has not always been so easy. The oldest 'clock' is Earth itself, and the oldest means of keeping time came from observing changes in the sky. Early mariners like the Vikings accomplished amazing feats of navigation without using clocks at all. Pioneering seafarers in the Age of Exploration used dead reckoning and celestial navigation; later innovations such as sextants and marine chronometers honed these techniques by measuring latitude and longitude. When explorers turned their sights to the skies, they built on what had been learned at sea. For example, Charles Lindbergh used a bubble sextant on his record-breaking flights. World War II led to the development of new flight technologies, notably radio navigation, since celestial navigation was not suited for all-weather military operations. These forms of navigation were extended and enhanced when explorers began guiding spacecraft into space and across the solar system. Astronauts combined celestial navigation technology with radio transmissions. The development of the atomic clock revolutionized space flight because it could measure billionths of a second, thereby allowing mi Please click here to ask a question
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