Mount Everest
Reinhold Messner On Summiting The “Eight-Thousanders”


Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders in the world, referring to the fourteen mountains whose summits are at least eight thousand feet above sea level. He did all of these climbs without the help of supplemental oxygen. On his first climb of an eight-thousander, Nanga … Continue reading

Steve Irwin
Wife & Daughter on Missing Steve Irwin & Preserving His Legacy

Wife & Daughter on Missing Steve Irwin & Preserving His Legacy

Three months after the death of wildlife expert Steve Irwin, known worldwide as “The Crocodile Hunter,” his wife Terri Raines, and daughter, Bindi Irwin, are interviewed on their lives following his tragic passing. They discuss what they most miss about him and how they are both helping each other process … Continue reading

RMS Titanic
Robert Ballard on His Roundabout Titanic Discovery


Dr. Robert Ballard recalls his excitement on the day he found the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in 1985 during a joint French-American expedition led by Jean-Louis Michel of Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER) and his crew from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Ballard on … Continue reading

Hiram Bingham III
Inca Land: Hiram Bingham Documents His Machu Picchu Discovery

Machu Picchu, Peru

“I entered the untouched forest beyond, and suddenly found myself in a maze of beautiful granite houses!…” In 1911, Hiram Bingham, an American explorer adventuring in Peru, uncovered the now famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Though locals were aware of its presence, the Incan settlement had gone unnoticed by … Continue reading

Hiram Bingham III
Story of Yale’s ‘Indiana Jones’ Hiram Bingham & Machu Picchu


In 1911, American explorer Hiram Bingham III made public the knowledge of the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu and since then, the world has enjoyed the well-preserved and beautiful 15th century ruins located in Peru. Known to locals but gone unnoticed by the greater world until Bingham’s exploratory efforts in … Continue reading

Eritrean War of Independence
Facing Guerillas, Soldiers & Death During the Eritrean War

Author: Victor Englebert “‘Say your payers for you’re going to die,’ and with that he dropped the stick, pulled a revolver from his belt, and came around the jeep to put it to my head…” In 1967, Ras (Prince) Mengesha, son-in-law of Ethiopia’s emperor Haile Selassie, wrote to National Geographic that … Continue reading

Experience Atlantis Launch as the Astronauts Did

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Did you dream of becoming an astronaut growing up? This video footage captures the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011 from inside the shuttle. The mission, known as STS 135, was the last of Atlantis’s 33 missions and the final mission of the United States Space Shuttle … Continue reading

Mount Everest
Reinhold Messner Reflects on His Mountain Climbing Career

Reinhold Messner Reflects on His Mountain Climbing Career

Mountaineer Reinhold Messner discusses the climbing career that led to his supplemental oxygen free climb of Mount Everest on May 8, 1978 and recalls what the experience was like for him and climbing partner, Peter Habeler. Messner also comments on other mountains he ascended and the future of mountain climbing … Continue reading