Every year, National Geographic’s Explorers, the people whose experiences around the world provide fodder for its publications and media, come together at an annual symposium in Washington, DC. This year, Maga attended the symposium and witnessed the power of exploration through Explorers’ own stories and supporting photos and videos.
A few highlights:
James Cameron was named a National Geographic Explorer in Residence! As part of his talk, he showed footage from his explorations of the Titanic, Bismarck, and deep ocean life.
Emerging Explorer Paula Kahumbu presented her field work on cheetah conservation. Cheetah habitats in Kenya are threatened by population and urban growth, highlighting the need for conservation. Aside from their distinctive spots, cheetahs are identifiable by another unique feature – their paw prints, which are to cheetahs as fingerprints are to people.
One of the strongest contenders for life outside of Earth may be within our own solar system (and not on Mars)! Europa, a moon of Jupiter, has a unique combination of conditions that have enabled it to host a liquid ocean under an ice crust. One of the Emerging Explorers, Kevin Hand, is developing technology that could be part of an eventual NASA mission to Europa.
These are just a few of the incredible things we saw this year at the Symposium. We can’t wait for next year!