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"I went [to the top of] Vehicle Assembly Building and looked down, and tears burst from my eyes. The size of this cathedral where the Rockets take off to go to the moon is so amazing."
- Ray Bradbury

Astroposit  
  Retro-style system provides a readout on your position anywhere in the galaxy.  

Connell hit the Astroposit button, and a few moments later, a piece of paper tape unrolled, giving position based on a comparison of the stellar patterns mourned them with known stellar patterns...
From The Hunch, by Christopher Anvil.
Published by Analog in 1961
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Compare to the robot spectra analyzer from The Repairman (1959) by Harry Harrison.

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