Please mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 25, and join us at Club headquarters in New York for a special all-day Space Stories program focusing on the history of human spaceflight. This year's venue will feature astronauts and engineers from a number of different manned missions using the Cold War as a backdrop. Among confirmed story-tellers so far are Gen. Charles Duke FN'92, Apollo 16 moonwalker; Richard Garriott MN'98 and Greg Olsen MN'07, both of whom flew aboard Soyuz to ISS; four-time Shuttle/Soyuz veteran Leroy Chiao FN'05; Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module pilot; and Cady Coleman, who performed a live flute duet with Ian Anderson aboard ISS.More Details
Life in the ancient Roman world could be risky business. People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now. In her presentation, Yeomans examines a recently excavated, as-yet unpublished archaeological site that has substantially contributed to our understanding of what ancient Romans did to combat disease and injury, as well as archaeological evidence for how they responded to one of the most horrifying epidemics the ancient world had ever seen: The Antonine Plague of the 2nd Century AD.More Details
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed - In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Eric Cline tells the story of the collapse of the Late Bronze Age ca. 1177 BC, considering everything from climate issues and civil unrest to invasion by the so-called Sea Peoples and the cutting of major trade routes. He also describes what exactly it was that collapsed, since from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day.More Details
Call to all Full Members and Fellows!
$100,000 for Expeditions
We are proud to present The Foundation Mamont - Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge made possible through the generous support of The Foundation Mamont (Founder, Explorers Club Fellow Dr. Frederik Paulsen). All Explorers Club Members and Fellows in good standing are invited to apply for up to $100,000 toward a flag-worthy expedition in 2014-2015.
Click here to download the application, and read below to learn more about the requirements and conditions for applying.
Dr. Paulsen is a dedicated and supportive Club Fellow and Honorary Director. For an exciting account of his expedition history, you can click here to read a profile from Forbes Magazine.
This Explorers Club flag expedition is headed by Club Fellow Richard Lundgren along with Leigh Bishop and includes two other Club Fellows - Jarrod Jablonski and Tomasz Stachura. The team has discovered a remarkably well preserved warship: the Mars, once the pride of the Swedish navy. On May 31st, 1564, the Mars was defeated “while engaged with a Danish force allied with soldiers from a German city called Lübeck.” The divers also had to contend with historical rumors of a cursed treasure - hearsay that originated from the belief its 130 cannons were made from melted church bells. You can read more in Jane J. Lee’s Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard on NationalGeographic.com.
Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for National Geographic Channel’s Die Trying. The show follows Explorers Club Fellow George Kourounis’ attempt to become the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Turkmenistan crater with the goal of collecting soil samples for DNA analysis in search of extremophile life forms.
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Can a man’s life be changed by a place without ever stepping foot on its ground? On June 4th, 2014, two days before the 70th anniversary of the World War II allied landing operations at Normandy, the largest seaborne invasion in history, Professor Walter Munk is about to visit the site that changed his life, a place it took him 70 years to finally visit.