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April 12, 2013 – Permanent
Museum: Air and Space Museum
Sponsor: Air and Space, American History
Location: Time and Navigation, Gallery 213, 2nd Floor, East Wing
If you want to know where you are, you need an accurate clock. This surprising connection between time and space has been crucial for centuries. About 250 years ago, sailors first used accurate clocks to navigate the oceans. Today we locate ourselves on the globe with synchronized clocks in orbiting satellites. Among the many challenges facing navigation from then to now, one stands out: keeping accurate time. Featuring 144 objects, this exhibition explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way. The exhibition is organized into the following five sections:
Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of American History.