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was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.
was the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic.
is an explorer, sailor and writer.
navigated the earth in a balloon.
was the first African-American woman to receive an aviator license.
is the first female Japanese astronaut.
is an archaeologist who has made discoveries about ancient Peruvian culture.
was the first man to break the sound barrier.
studies intertidal and tropical sponges.
was a great American pioneer.
was a medical missionary who explored Africa and spoke out against slavery.
was the first woman pilot from Romania.
was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.
Ellison S. Onizuka
has a legacy that continues to live on after the Challenger disaster.
in 1901 sailed out in the Discovery to explore the Antarctic.
Franklin Chang Diaz
is a Costa Rican and American veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions.
was a daring explorer, a freedom fighter, and a selfless humanitarian.
became the first African-American in space.
was a Moroccan Muslim scholar who became one of the greatest world travellers and journalists of all time.
invented the Aqua-Lung, a predecessor to the SCUBA systems used by divers worldwide today.
James Herman Banning
was an early African American aviator.
made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.
was the first woman to fly solo around the world.
was an explorer and mountain man of the Western U.S.
responded quickly and calmly during crises on two Apollo missions.
was the first American to orbit the earth.
advocated preservation, feeling that natural areas promote mental health.
John Wesley Powell
is an internationally venerated advocate for preserving biodiversity.
Judith A. Resnik
inspired others with her determination to become a scientist and an astronaut.
was the first European to discover America.
won the Iditarod dog sled race in 1985.
dreamed of going to space since childhood.
was a famous explorer to the Far East.
was a brave African-American Arctic explorer, and the co-discoverer of the North Pole.
Mauricio de Nassau
was a famous Dutch explorer.
is an astronomer from Morocco who did research at the South Pole.
Neil A. Armstrong
was the first man to walk on the moon.
Orville and Wilbur Wright
were brothers determined to build a better flying machine.
led an expedition into Antarctica to find meteorites for NASA.
was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.
is an accomplished mountain climber and author.
conducts scientific expeditions around the world with students.
Roy Chapman Andrews
was an explorer and the director of the American Museum of Natural History.
guided Lewis and Clark across the northwestern territories.
Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61
was the first American woman to go into space.
Sir Douglas Mawson
led the first research expedition into Antarctica.
Sir Edmund Hillary
was the first to climb Mt. Everest.
Sir Peter Blake
was a sailor, environmentalist and mentor of young people.
navigated the earth in a balloon.
is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans.
is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.
was the first human being to journey into space.
is a famous Russian cosmonaut and passionate ambassador for the space program.
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