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Explorer Heroes

Alexandrine Tinne
was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.

Amelia Earhart
was the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic.

Amyr Klink
is an explorer, sailor and writer.

Bertrand Piccard
has circum-navigated the earth in a balloon.

Bessie Coleman
was the first African-American woman to receive an aviator license.

Chiaki Mukai
is the first female Japanese astronaut.

Christina Conlee
is an archaeologist who has made discoveries about ancient Peruvian culture.

Chuck Yeager
was the first man to break the sound barrier.

Cristina Diaz:

studies intertidal and tropical sponges.

Daniel Boone
was a great American pioneer.

David Livingstone
was a medical missionary who explored Africa and spoke out against slavery.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu
was the first woman pilot from Romania.

Ellen Ochoa
was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.

Ellison S. Onizuka
has a legacy that continues to live on after the Challenger disaster.

Ernest Shackleton
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.

Fridtjof Nansen
was a daring explorer, a freedom fighter, and a selfless humanitarian.

Guion Bluford
became the first African-American in space.

Ibn Battutah
was a Moroccan Muslim scholar who became one of the greatest world travellers and journalists of all time.

Ilan Ramon
was the first Israeli astronaut and lost his life on the space shuttle, Columbia

Jacques Cousteau
invented the Aqua-Lung, a predecessor to the SCUBA systems used by divers worldwide today.

James Herman Banning
was an early African American aviator.

Jean Batten
made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.

Jerrie Mock
was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

Jim Bridger
was an explorer and mountain man of the Western U.S.

Jim Lovell
responded quickly and calmly during crises on two Apollo missions.

John Glenn
was the first American to orbit the earth.

John Muir
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.

Leif Erikson
was the first European to discover America.

Libby Riddles
won the Iditarod dog sled race in 1985.

Mae Jemison
dreamed of going to space since childhood.

Marco Polo
was a famous explorer to the Far East.

Matthew Henson
was a brave African-American Arctic explorer, and the co-discoverer of the North Pole.

Mauricio de Nassau
was a famous Dutch explorer.

Merieme Chadid
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.

Paul Sipiera
led an expedition into Antarctica to find meteorites for NASA.

Ranald MacDonald
was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.

Reinhold Messner
is an accomplished mountain climber and author.

Robert Ballard
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.

Steve Fossett
circum-navigated the earth in a balloon.

Sylvia Earle
is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans.

Valentina Tereshkova
is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.

Yuri Gagarin
was the first human being to journey into space.

Yury Usachev
is a famous Russian cosmonaut and passionate ambassador for the space program.


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