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Fred Zahradnik

New National Air and Space Museum Exhibit Features Navigation Technology

By April 13, 2013

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Bond ChronometerWe take quick and accurate navigation for granted, but humanity has struggled mightily over the centuries to develop navigation systems. In the past, wars were won or lost, commerce succeeded or failed, and lives hung in the balance depending on the available navigation tools and the skill and resourcefulness of their users. The National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. has added a major new permanent exhibit featuring past and present navigation technology, including GPS. The exhibit is organized into five sections, covering three centuries spanning land and sea navigation plus space navigation. Terrific display items, such as the Bond Chronometer shown here, bring the history of navigation to life. Also on display are a sextant from the Apollo space missions, a GPS-guided missile, early GPS technology and much more. Read on for more details about the exhibit. Image National Air and Space Museum

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