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    Re: Will the Nautical Almanac Survive?
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2006 Mar 30, 15:21 -0600

    On 3/30/06 10:10 AM, "Robert Eno"  wrote:
    > Frank's note prompts a question in my mind and one which I have posed before.
    > Perhaps Ken, as a retailer for the commercial version of the NA can shed some
    > light on this too:
    > For how much longer will the US Government publish the Nautical Almanac? With
    > GPS pretty much having eclipsed, if not eradicated celestial, will we
    > eventually reach a point where the Nautical Almanac will no longer be
    > available as a printed document - commercial or government-produced --  but as
    > a computer program with printable tables? I sure hope not but it seems to me
    > that the world is fast going paperless and electronic.
    > For that matter, will there still be a practical requirement for observatories
    > to collect and calculate astronomical ephemeris data. Certainly these data
    > will likely be maintained for astronomers but what about for the mariner, who
    > requires a slightly different version?
    > Robert
    > I certainly feel that the paper almanac will be published beyond our
    lifetimes.  Even if governments stop, we (or someone) would continue to
    publish the Commercial Edition as long as there are people to buy them.

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