Famous Explorers

Stories about famous explorers and adventurers.

The Wheels of Chance; A Bicycling Idyll By H.G. Wells 1896. With a portrait of the author.
Bicycle Quotes

The Wheels of Chance by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells wasn’t just a visionary when it came to time machines or men walking on the moon, he also wrote the very first book about bicycle touring, which also helped give rise to the female emancipation movement.

The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover artist's rendition of the rover on the red, sandy Mars surface investigating rocks.
Big Ideas

Imagine standing on Mars

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to stand on Mars? Now you don’t have to thanks to this month’s featured Argonaut, the Curiosity Rover. Stand on Mars in this virtual reality panoramic image.

A wood engraving of a penny farthing from the 1870's.
Bicycle Quotes

Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain

This humorous essay by one of America’s greatest authors gave birth to many famous quotes about riding a bicycle. And it was written in 1884 shortly before women suffragists.

Plastiki

One of my favorite books as a kid was Kon-Tiki. Here’s an interesting adventure that I’ve been following. Plastiki, a boat made of 12,000 plastic bottles nears end of Pacific voyage.

Dr Jane Goodall and Uruhara
Guest Adventures

Tarzan’s Real Jane

Dr. Jane Goodall’s curiosity and love for animals blossomed at a very young age. At four, she was already making behavioral science observations with hens “to see where the egg came out.” 1 Then, at eleven, she fell in love with Tarzan. “But Tarzan’s Jane was a real wimp. I thought I would be a

Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon
Guest Adventures

We came in peace for all mankind

The mission to the moon has inspired generations. For a moment, it united humanity, and served to “to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.”

Voyager I flies past Jupiter
Bicycle Quotes

Carl Sagan

Explorer of the Cosmos, Journeyman of the Mind (1934-1996) Should an alien spaceship stumble across it, they would discover a golden record, “a message to the universe,” inspired and partially designed by Dr. Carl Sagan. It contains 115 images, including maps and anatomical charts, greetings in 55 different languages, the natural sounds of the earth,

Robert Scotts hut Cape Evans Antarctic
Guest Adventures

Robert Scott: The Amateur

With our friend, Vilmar Tavares, updating us on his adventures from Way Down Under, and our cover story on Professor Graham Collier, chronicling his Antarctic excursions, it is only fitting that our Explorer of the Month is the man who inspired the world with his pioneering Antarctic explorations — Robert Falcon Scott. An officer of

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