One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space.
- ‘They had no maps, no charts, no astrogation data, yet they brought the galaxy to its knees.’
- ‘I need you to run the astrogation computers for the descent.’
- ‘Two months later he was studying starship astrogation and fell in love.’
- ‘If you could arrange twice that amount, so we have plenty spare in case of an astrogation problem, then I'm sure we can reach an agreement.’
- ‘It's possible, of course, to jump ‘blind’ as long as your astrogation computer doesn't have the safety controls engaged, but the practice has little to recommend it.’
1930s: blend of astro- and navigation.
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