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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Shiny Delivery this Holiday Season for the Time and Navigation Exhibition

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Preparation of the upcoming Time and Navigation exhibition is in full swing, and objects are being installed in cases throughout the gallery.  In fact, the gallery became a little more shiny just in time for the holiday season thanks to a delivery from our friends at the Naval Research Laboratory. The object they contributed is   …Continue Reading


Enter the Santa Copter

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The good girls and boys of the Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn get a visit from Santa, December 1944. Santa’s getting a lift on a Coast Guard HNS-1, the naval version of the Sikorsky R-4, the first helicopter to see active service with the U.S. armed forces. We’ve mentioned St. Nick’s interest in non-reindeer powered   …Continue Reading


Flying Low and Slow Over a Lava Flow

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This September, Larry Crumpler, a research colleague at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and I were able to fly in the back seats of two weight-shifting ultralight aircraft during a two-hour flight over the McCartys lava flow in central New Mexico. This flow is 3,000 years old and over 47 km   …Continue Reading


Filming the Story of Getting from Here to There

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The central theme of the Time and Navigation exhibition is the connection between timekeeping and determining position. The main point is this: “If you want to know where you are, you need an accurate clock.”  Centuries ago, accurate chronometers were required to determine longitude at sea. In recent years, global satellite navigation systems require accurate   …Continue Reading