Smithsonian Exhibit Opening: Time and Navigation

Smithsonian Exhibit Opening: Time and Navigation
NTS-2 on display at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s new exhibit on Time and Navigation will open at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall
in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2013.

The National Museum of American History is co-producer.

It explains the relationship between precise time and the art and science of navigation, from sailing by the stars to GNSS. Its full title is "Time and Navigation: The untold story of getting from here to there."

The Smithsonian’s new exhibit on Time and Navigation will open at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall
in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2013.

The National Museum of American History is co-producer.

It explains the relationship between precise time and the art and science of navigation, from sailing by the stars to GNSS. Its full title is "Time and Navigation: The untold story of getting from here to there."

Exhibit highlights include a large representative of a 19th century ship from the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-4.

Visitors will also see a TRANSIT navigation satellite; Stanley, a robotic vehicle from the DARPA Challenge; the USS Alabama submarine’s navigation system; Wiley Post’s airplane, the Winnie Mae; and the first sea going marine chronometer made in the USA.

With 144 objects and the stories behind them, the new gallery will cover satellite navigation and the history of precise timekeeping and navigation at sea, in the air and in space.

The Institute of Navigation (ION) is one of the sponsors of the new exhibit, as is the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing National Coordination Office.

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