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    Re: PVH Weems. Was Sidereal Hour Angle vs. Right Ascension
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2005 Aug 17, 10:07 -0400

    Gidday Fred,
    I have a copy of a book entitled: "Space Navigation Handbook" (NAVPERS
    92988). It was kindly given to me by one of the list members in response to
    a question I posed about space navigation several years ago.  Is this the
    one you are referring to?
    Weems figures prominently in this one too.
    What is interesting about Weems, is that he was an airman, yet his
    innovations seem to have done much to further the practice of marine
    navigation. I say "interesting" because initially, air navigation techniques
    appear to have been borrowed and then modified from the marine field.
    I am a keen admirer of Weems (and of the great US Navy). I had the pleasure
    of knowing some of his former associates and colleagues -- most of whom has
    passed away -- however, I never had the honour of meeting the man himself.
    He died about 4 years before I even learned  how to use a sextant. Story of
    my life: always missing the boat!
    I'm a contrarian. I take great pride in not knowing the names or the faces
    of the vacuous Hollywood non-entities and the prima donnas of the sports
    fields, upon whom the public, for reasons which baffle me, heap praise and
    adulation. I wouldn't walk across the street to meet a movie star or or
    so-called sports hero, but I damn well would have crossed a stormy strait in
    a bathtub to meet Commander P.V.H. Weems and his contemporaries. They just
    don't make 'em like that anymore.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Fred Hebard" 
    Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 8:50 AM
    Subject: Re: PVH Weems. Was Sidereal Hour Angle vs. Right Ascension
    > Robert,
    > If you can get a copy of the Navy's booklet on space navigation (as in
    > rocketships to the moon, etc), it is fascinating to read for how it was
    > put together, as well as for the proposed techniques.  It was developed
    > by Weems in the late 50s, early 60s, with the help of smart, freshly
    > minted officers from naval reserve officer training programs at various
    > civilian universities around the country.
    > Fred

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