Posts about Adventure

Black-and-white: Astronauts resting during a training at the Askja Crater in Iceland.

Astronauts: Fly me to the Moon – but fly me to Iceland first

20.07.2015

The vast and diverse landscape of the United States of America is not only the stuff an authentic Hollywood backdrop is made of. In parts, it also offers the essentials a training ground for missions of national and international gravity requires: a moonlike scenery with lots of rubble bearing geological secrets to be lifted, in preparation for lunar missions by NASA, for instance.

Yet, when it comes to „moonlike“, no place on earth is more suitable to simulate an extraterrestrial situation better than Iceland can thanks to its volcanic origin. In 1965 and 1967, two groups of Apollo astronauts accompanied by geologists travelled to the destination for geological studies in preparation for their journey to the Moon. Among the 1967-group was Neil Armstrong, whose Apollo-11-mission was the component vital for the US Space Race to be won over the USSR. It made John F. Kennedy’s challenge, pronounced in 1961, come true: to “land a man on the Moon, and return him safely to the Earth”, before the end of the decade. On the 20th of July, 1969 at 20:17 UTC, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and Neil Armstrong became the first human ever to leave his footprints on the powdery lunar surface.

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Madeline Pickens spends her life saving America's Mustangs. Here with her horse "Paint".

Saving America’s Mustangs

4.06.2015

Madeleine Pickens is a businesswoman, animal welfare activist and philanthropist of European descent. When, in 2008, the Bureau of Land Management declared that the United States government considered euthanasia and/or the sale of more than 30,000 Wild Mustangs to slaughterhouses overseas, Madeleine resolved to establish a sanctuary for endangered native horses.    A year later, she testified before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in support of H.R. 1018, the Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act. After acquiring the sanctuary in North Eastern Nevada, she saved over 600 Mustangs from slaughter and endeavours to rescue and preserve the Wild Mustang have been an ongoing process. Also, until this day, the sanctuary’s survival relies on Madeleine’s charity foundation „Saving Americas Mustangs“, through which the funding for the Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve could be raised.

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Geocaching

Geocaching: The Treasure Hunt of the Digital Age

17.05.2015

Adults are often shy to admit it: since childhood days their enthusiasm for the old-fashioned treasure hunt has not subsided a shred. Small wonder that organisers of incentives and programmes fringing conventions and events still implement city rallyes of all shapes and sizes in undiminished frequency when it comes to familiarise participants with a destination. They can be certain of an equally relentless zeal displayed by their grown-up group members. Just as excited as ever to successfully be hewing their path through an unknown jungle – be it sylvicultural or urban, they give their utmost in the hopes of snatching away the much-desired reward or prize from able contesters. Mobile GPS systems sometimes alleviate coping with a task seemingly unconquerable, whereby clandestine users are a disgrace to any team! The classical MICE treasure hunt requires minute preparation to really serve its purpose of both, information and entertainment. But there is a versatile, reliably rolling bandwagon ready for parties to jump on to, approved GPS as an auxiliary included: Geocaching.

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Flight simulator at Frankfurt Airport. A flight simulator excuses laymen's shortcomings

Flight or plight? Thank God! It’s just a simulator!

8.01.2015

The dream of flying is perhaps nearly as old as mankind itself. We do not know how many casualties innumerable trial-and-error experiments have accounted for. The myth of Daedalus, the sly old Greek and his boisterous son Icarus, became the stuff for serious text-book entries. With a merciless sun gradually sizzling away Icarus’s wings of wax, the poor devil plummeted right into the sea, having been deprived of life-saving aerodynamics. In reality, crash tests with unbelievably inventive contraptions operated by bright, adventurous minds formed a never-ending chain of often fatal accidents over the course of time. Thanks to the courage and relentless efforts of such pioneers, aircraft have become a quick, comfortable and comparatively safe means of transport.

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Wildlife in Florida: A Dolphin Family with Baby

USA/Florida: A Dolphin’s Fingerprint

8.10.2014

The 10,000 Island Dolphin Project

Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades are known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. In 2014, the destination facing the Gulf of Mexico, was assigned theTripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands Award, as being the Top Island in the US of A – and the fourth on the prime list worldwide. Local dedication to a special mission may well have influenced the jury’s decision.

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