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    German Gallery In creating the ultimate weapons of war, Hitler’s Germany laid the groundwork for future space travel. Rare V-1 and V-2 rockets highlight this World War II exhibit, demonstrating how V-2 technology made space exploration possible. Personal slide rule of Wernher von Braun

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Interesting that the German ones are shaped like fish and birds, while the British ones are obviously mechanical.

Bygrave Position-Line Slide Rule. Developed by Capt. L. C. Bygrave after World War I, this British slide rule was the best shortcut method of speeding up celestial computations until P.V.H. Weems invented the Star Altitude Curves and Air Almanac. #TimeNav

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Ok - I'm probably showing my age with this one - the old slide rule --- roots, calc., trig, log rhythms - No buttons to push to give ya the answers! Used mine in HS and college in the 60s.

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