National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure Explorer Bios

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September 7, 2010

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National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure
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Explorer Bios

Become an explorer! Share adventures with these famous explorers when you visit the National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure exhibit:

Nathalie Cabrol—A planetary geologist with NASA Ames Research Center who analyzes images and data from the Mars mission launches for evidence of water to find out if Mars developed environments that have been, or still could be, habitable by living organisms.

Amelia Earhart—Likely the most famous female pilot of all time. Her zeal for flying led her to break numerous records as a pilot in the early 20th century, culminating in her tragic and mysterious disappearance in the Pacific Ocean in 1937. She was the first person in history to attempt using the equatorial route (the Earth’s widest expanse) to circumnavigate the globe.

J. Michael Fay—Trekked 2,000 miles cross the Africa Congo to document rare and vanishing wildlife in one of the world’s last remaining wild places. His mission in life is to research the ecology of Africa, hoping to save what he calls “the last wild place on earth.”

Zahi Hawass—One of the world’s most well-known archaeologists who is currently exploring and mapping secret passages inside the Great Pyramid using a specially designed robot.

Phil Masters—President and one of the founders of Intersal, Inc., a company that excavates ships that wrecked and sank hundreds of years ago. He used special technology and mapping to find the Queen Anne’s Revenge, an 18th century pirate ship off the coast of North Carolina.

Claire Parkinson—A NASA scientist who uses satellite data to analyze images taken from space to gain a better understanding the weather here on earth. She is a climatologist in the Oceans and Ice Branch at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Nainoa Thompson—The first modern-day Polynesian to learn and use wayfinding for long-distance, open-ocean voyaging. Over the last 15 years he has inspired and led a revival of traditional voyaging arts in Hawaii and Polynesia—arts that have been lost for centuries due to the cessation of such voyaging and the colonization and Westernization of the Polynesian archipelagos.