The Smithsonian Explores Navigation

The Smithsonian Explores Navigation

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution examines the history and future of navigation, from following the North Star at sea to following the GPS in your cell phone.

For much of human history, people needed specialized training to navigate from point A to point B, like learning to follow the stars or use a sextant and chronometer. Today, thanks to global positioning satellites that send signals to our phones, we can all be successful navigators. Kojo talks with two curators about the history and future of navigation and a new exhibit at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum called "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There."

Guests

Andrew Johnston

Geographer, National Air and Space Museum; Co-Curator of "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting From Here to There"

Roger Connor

National Air and Space Museum Curator of Vertical Flight; Co-Curator of "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting From Here to There"

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