Tagged: explorers

Race to the South Pole

The race to the South Pole

Norwegians led by Roald Amundsen arrived in Antarctica’s Bay of Whales on January 14, 1911. With dog teams, they prepared to race the British to the South Pole. Amundsen’s ship, Fram, loaned by renowned...

Kon-tiki 1947

Documentary: The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Thor Heyerdahl gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on Kon-Tiki in 1947. He followed this up with spectacular expeditions on the reed boats Ra and Tigris. His recreations of prehistoric voyages...

Dr. Julian Bayliss at Mount Mabu. Photo by FFI

Hidden rain-forest discovered on Google

“If you close your eyes and think about exploration, what images are conjured up in your mind? A Victorian gentleman perhaps, bedecked with khaki overalls, explorer’s hat and an extravagant moustache. You probably would...

Astronaut Bill Anders training in Iceland in 1967.

Apollo astronaut training in Iceland

In 1965 and 1967, two groups of Apollo astronauts traveled to Iceland to study geology. Among the astronauts in the 1967 group were Neil Armstrong and Bill Anders. Bill was on the crew of...

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

The first woman in Space

50 Years ago today, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova made history and became the first woman ever fly in space, when she launched aboard the Vostok-6 capsule on June 16, 1963.