Improving Accuracy

SPACE NAVIGATION: A Timeline of Improvements

Increasingly accurate clocks and improved navigation methods have allowed navigators to calculate spacecraft positions with greater accuracy. By 2012, missions could be tracked with 100,000 times the accuracy possible in the early 1960s. 

Caption:
Increasingly accurate clocks and improved navigation methods have allowed navigators to calculate spacecraft positions with greater accuracy.
Type: Illustration
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Ashley Hornish
 
Increasingly accurate clocks and improved navigation methods have allowed navigators to calculate spacecraft positions with greater accuracy.