Source: Peter T. Struck/University of Pennsylvania
The Odyssey is one of the most exciting stories ever told, of a long and complicated heroic journey. This interactive story map summarizes Odysseus’s journey using a modern-day map and representations in art.
Like any quest, the journey to Mars will require careful planning and many intermediate steps. Check out this timeline of stages in the process of making humans independent from our home planet.
Meet the unsung heroines who deciphered military codes during the first and second World Wars.
Source: Science Focus
Learn from a scientist who undertook an expedition inside one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Source: Teen Vogue
It’s difficult enough to undertake a quest, but one teen recently accomplished a stunning goal while also using humor to shut down her critics.
Source: Discerning History
Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is said to have advertised for companions: “Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful.” But did he really?
Source: The Royal Geographical Society
Want to undertake your own expedition one day? The Royal Geographical Society was founded in 1830 and has supported many famous explorers, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary. Read these tips for planning a successful expedition. Then, explore the site for more information about this historic society.
Source: Nobel Prize
Fridtjof Nansen would have been a hero in his native Norway if he had only been a brilliant scientist or an intrepid explorer or an innovative diplomat or a life-saving humanitarian. But he was all of these, and more.
Source: Go Abroad
Part of the Odyssey’s appeal is the element of surprise—would generation after generation dig into a story whose hero figures out exactly how to get where he’s planned to go and goes straight there?
Source: Early Bird Books
Get an overview of modern works that draw on Homer’s classic for inspiration.
Source: The Washington Post
Read about the influences on the poet who wrote “The Journey” and her quest for a fuller understanding of what it means to be alive.
What makes a summer blockbuster movie something more than mere entertainment? Read one writer’s opinion.
More people have died diving in underwater caves than climbing Mt. Everest. Any error or bit of bad timing could be fatal. But these caves hold scientific treasures that many divers consider worth the risk.
What’s one way a teenager can go on a quest and still make it to school on time? By playing a video game, of course.
Source: The National (UAE)
A few years ago a British adventurer completed the first solo canoe trip down the full length of Africa’s Congo River. Read about the challenges he faced.
Source: McKinsey & Company
Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the case for doubling the small budget allotted to NASA.
Source: National Public Radio
Each of us is the hero of our own story in the making. Learn about a project meant to capture those stories, and click the link at end of the article to find out how one story turned out.
Earth’s oceans are largely undiscovered and hugely important in our current climate. Read the introduction and then click the links at the end to find out more.
Using this interactive map, you can follow Odysseus on his travels and learn about each destination on his 20-year-long journey.
Source: National Geographic
Meet one of the most adventurous people on Earth, a 64-year-old Russian priest and artist who undertook an ambitious quest.