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    Re: Mars Tables
    From: Bruce Hamilton
    Date: 2008 May 27, 20:02 -0700

    I know we are all a bunch of old salts here, but has anyone used a
    theodolite for a celestial site?  I know in theory, they are far more
    accurate, and I was wondering just how accurate a fix one can get. Would
    it be accurate enough for the Mars project?
    
    I have read of position determining cameras that are meant for use in
    space that just take the all the stars they can see and do the math, but
    they are still NASA type objects that have not made it to the hands of
    mortals.  The one I read of had a lost in space capability where you
    could just turn it on and it would tell you where you were in space.
    Undoubtedly it would work on Earth and Mars, and should not even be
    expensive since it is mostly software driven, and cameras are cheap.
    The sites that talk about them, of course, don't give details as to
    accuracy.
    
    Greg R. wrote:
    > --- bruce hamilton  wrote:
    >
    >
    >> Has any one worked out tables for celestial navigation on Mars?
    >>
    >
    > http://stinet.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA392455
    >
    > Title: Celestial Navigation on the Surface of Mars
    > Descriptive Note: Trident scholar project rept. no. 284
    > Corporate Author: NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD
    >
    > Abstract: A simple, accurate, and autonomous method of finding position
    > on the surface of Mars currently does not exist. The goal of this
    > project is to develop a celestial navigation process that will fix a
    > position on Mars with 100-meter accuracy. This method requires knowing
    > the position of the stars and planets referenced to the Martian surface
    > with one arcsecond accuracy
    >
    > --
    > GregR
    >
    >
    >
    >> This is the one place in the world I can ask this question and not
    >> get
    >> laughed at, and probably get an answer.
    >>
    >> Has any one worked out tables for celestial navigation on Mars?
    >>
    >> Bruce
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    > >
    >
    >
    
    
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