Amelia Rose Earhart joins board of The Exploration Museum

Amelia Rose Earhart
Amelia Rose Earhart

Aviatrix, adventurer, around the world pilot and a great friend of the Exploration Museum, Amelia Rose Earhart, has joined the board of the Exploration Museum. She joins the board of our new US based museum non-profit, along with adventurer Mike Dunn and museum founder Orly Orlyson.

Named by the Jaycees as one of the “Top Ten Young Americans”, Amelia Rose Earhart recreated and symbolically completed the 1937 flight of her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart. Her 28,000 mile flight around the world in a single engine aircraft became a symbol of determination, courage and empowerment for anyone who has ever decided to seek new horizons. Piloting the Pilatus PC-12NG through fourteen countries over the course of eighteen days, Amelia spent two years planning her journey, all to honor the 1937 around the world flight attempt of the first Amelia Earhart.

“The Exploration Museum represents the pioneering spirit in all of us, serving as an inspirational launch pad for ideas big and small. Through the passionate devotion of the Exploration Museum team, visitors are transported to the cosmos without ever leaving the ground,” Earhart says.

While preparing for her flight, Amelia learned that she and her family did not share the genealogical connection to Earhart, but stayed the course, knowing that in order to be related to someone we admire, we simply need to relate to how they live their lives, treat others and pursue their dreams.

Outside of the cockpit, Amelia is a television journalist on Denver’s NBC affiliate, KUSA-TV reporting on breaking news and traffic, as well as anchoring noon newscasts for all of Colorado. Amelia is also a member of the Board of Directors at Wings Over the Rockies, Colorado’s Official Air and Space Museum. A commercially rated instrument pilot, she is now pursuing her multi-engine aircraft rating.

Fortune 500 Companies, The United States Air Force Academy, dozens of Universities and Civic Organizations, just to name a few, have been impacted and thousands have been jolted awake by Amelia’s contagious enthusiasm for action, her raw and charming leadership style and her ability to take audiences along on their own flight around the world with her story. Amelia is a keynote speaker teaching audiences how to Learn To Love The Turbulence; and is currently preparing for her 2019 book launch under the same title. You can learn more about Amelia at her website.

The first flat map of the World

The Ptolemy world map is a map of the known world to Hellenistic society in the 2nd century CE. It was based on the description contained in Ptolemy’s book Geographia, written c. 150. Although authentic maps have never been found, the Geographia contains thousands of references to various parts of the old world, with coordinates for most, which allowed cartographers to reconstruct Ptolemy’s world view when the manuscript was re-discovered around 1300 CE.

Perhaps the most significant contribution of Ptolemy and his maps is the first uses of longitudinal and latitudinal lines and the specifying of terrestrial locations by celestial observations. When his Geographia was translated from Greek into Arabic in the 9th century and subsequently into Latin in Western Europe at the beginning of the 15th century, the idea of a global coordinate system revolutionized medieval Islamic and European geographical thinking and put it upon a scientific and numerical basis.