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The Explorers JournalThe Explorers Journal

The Explorers Journal

Spring 2019

From vast ocean depths to the frontiers of outer space, The Explorers Journal offers firsthand reporting from those pushing the limits of knowledge and human endurance. Founded in 1904 to promote exploration “by all means possible,” The Explorers Club is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of field exploration and scientific inquiry. Among our members are leading pioneers in oceanography, mountaineering, archaeology, and the planetary and environmental sciences.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Explorers Club
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IN THIS ISSUE

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harnessing our star power

The power to inspire people—that’s what we’re made of.We are all aware that members of The Explorers Club wrote the pages of history—from Admiral Robert E. Peary and Theodore Roosevelt to the astronauts who first stepped foot on the Moon to pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall. Their individual accomplishments are nothing short of awe-inspiring, but if you think of the collective star power found within our ranks, it’s all the more impressive.EXPLORERS CLUB PRESIDENT RICHARD WIESE (CENTER) IN MOROCCO.Today, our members are equally engaged in issues of global concern that threaten our planet, from plastics, palm oil use, and climate change, to water and land degradation. We explorers stand as an elite force at the forefront of understanding these threats to the long-term survival of our planet. By knowing the backstories…

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magnificent desolation

Stepping onto the Moon on that momentous July day in 1969, astronaut Buzz Aldrin described his first impression there as one of “magnificent desolation”—magnificent in the human accomplishment the journey represented, and the desolation that comes with being alone—the first, along with Neil Armstrong, to venture to such a distant world.ANGELA M.H. SCHUSTER AT THE SITE OF SANTA ROSA XTAMPAK IN CAMPECHE, MEXICO.This edition of THE EXPLORERS JOURNAL we celebrate that incredible “first” of a half-century ago, when the Eagle touched down at Tranquility Base at 20:17:40 UTC on July 20, 1969, not by looking back but by looking forward to our next “giant leaps” in space exploration. We owe a major shout-out to noted space journalist and former NASA space biologist Keith Cowing, who proved invaluable in helping us…

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exploration news

OCEAN SPACE OPENS IN THE RESTORED CHURCH OF SAN LORENZO IN VENICE, ITALY. (IMAGE COURTESY TBA21.)OCEAN SPACE DEBUTS IN VENICETBA21 UNVEILS ITS MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HUBOn March 23, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy (TBA21–Academy) will inaugurate Ocean Space, a new cross-disciplinary collaborative platform dedicated to ocean research and conservation, within the recently restored Church of San Lorenzo, in Venice, Italy.Founded by Francesca von Habsburg in 2011, TBA21 leverages the arts as an investigative tool to support education, advocacy, and policy change through an innovative program of symposia, conferences, fellowships, and art commissions. Its mission is to foster a deeper understanding of our oceans and the environment through the lens of art.Since its launch, the organization has sponsored 26 ocean-going expeditions aboard the 39-meter research vessel Dardanella, on which artists, scientists, policy…

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membership in the explorers club

FOUNDED IN 1904 BY A GROUP OF AMERICA’S LEADING EXPLORERS, THE EXPLORERS CLUB IS A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY DEDICATED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF FIELD RESEARCH, SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION, AND THE IDEAL THAT IT IS VITAL TO PRESERVE THE INSTINCT TO EXPLORE. THE CLUB’S STEADFAST MISSION HAS BEEN TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION OF LAND, SEA, AIR, AND SPACE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. AS A PRIMARY AND PRESTIGIOUS CENTER FOR EXPLORATION AND EXPEDITION PLANNING, THE CLUB IS A FOCAL POINT AND UNIFYING FORCE FOR EXPLORERS AND SCIENTISTS WORLDWIDE, WITH 32 CHAPTERS SPANNING THE GLOBE.For information regarding categories of membership (Fellow, Member, Associate, and Student), and the process of election to The Explorers Club, visit us at www.explorers.org. The downloadable application sets forth qualifications for membership. Additionally,…

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the next giant leap

ON JULY 20, IT WILL BE 50 YEARS SINCE NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN TOOK THE FIRST STEPS ON THE MOON, A MOMENTOUS MILESTONE IN HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT. BETWEEN JULY 1969 AND DECEMBER 1972, A DOZEN MEN OF ACTION WOULD LEAVE THEIR BOOTPRINTS ON THE LUNAR SURFACE, EXCHANGING THESE SOUVENIRS OF OUR PRESENCE FOR NEARLY 900 POUNDS OF MOON ROCKS, SAMPLES THAT HAD THE POTENTIAL TO PROVIDE A WINDOW ON THE CELESTIAL MECHANICS THAT BROUGHT OUR SOLAR SYSTEM INTO BEING. THESE MISSIONS MARKED A HEADY OPENING CHAPTER IN A STORY THAT—FOLLOWING A 47-YEAR HIATUS FROM THE LUNAR SURFACE—SEEMS POISED TO BE CONTINUED IN NEW AND EXCITING WAYS, LARGELY THROUGH THE EXPANSION OF COMMERCIAL SPACE EXPLORATION. THESE EFFORTS ARE BEING COMPLEMENTED BY OUR ONGOING QUEST TO VENTURE TO EVER MORE DISTANT REACHES…

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forward to the moon

JAMES F. BRIDENSTINE WAS SWORN IN AS THE THIRTEENTH ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA IN APRIL 2018. BEFORE THAT, HE REPRESENTED OKLAHOMA’S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHERE HE SERVED ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. HE IS A NAVAL AVIATOR AND FORMER TOPGUN INSTRUCTOR WHO SERVED TOURS OF DUTY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.I am the first NASA administrator to have never seen humans walk on another world. I intend to be the only administrator with that distinction. Right now there are more people alive than not who share my experience. While most of Earth’s inhabitants were born after the end of the Apollo missions, roughly a quarter of all of the people alive today have always known a world where it is…

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