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National Geographic Announces 2018 Adventurers of the Year

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:17

Eight trailblazing adventurers recognized for contributions and achievements in adventure sports, nonprofit work and photography

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2018)—Today, National Geographic announced its 2018 Adventurers of the Year, an annual list that honors extraordinary achievements in the fields of exploration, adventure sports, conservation and humanitarianism within the past year. This distinguished list includes daring climbers, hardcore ultramarathoners, resilient mountain bikers, inspiring photographers and incredible philanthropists. “Trailblazers” was the guiding theme of this year’s list, meaning each honoree has achieved something unique, groundbreaking and game-changing in his or her field.

This year, honorees were nominated by past Adventurers of the Year, prominent members of the adventure community, and National Geographic Explorers and photographers. The National Geographic Adventure editorial staff reviewed all of the nominees and selected the final eight.

The 2018 Adventurers of the Year are:

  • Alex Honnold is a rock climber and founder of the Honnold Foundation, a group that supports global clean energy initiatives. Considered by many to be the best free-solo climber in the world, Honnold became the first person to free-solo El Capitan in June 2017—a feat that required climbing the 3,000-foot granite wall without ropes or support.
  • Kilian Jornet is an ultrarunner and ski mountaineer who has set speed records on mountains around the world. In 2017, he set a new record for the fastest summit of Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen or ropes. He reached the 11,429-foot summit in just 26 hours.
  • Emi Koch is a professional surfer and founder of the nonprofit Beyond the Surface International. With her organization, she works to empower environmentally threatened coastal communities by teaching local children to surf and providing workshops on visual storytelling.
  • Rajesh Magar is a downhill mountain biker. He competed in his first Nepali national championship race on a Frankenstein-style ride—a low-budget mountain bike he modified himself. Magar has since won national and international races, including the National Downhill Championship in 2017, and is working toward competing in the Enduro World Series.
  • Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen are wildlife photographers, conservation activists, and founders of the nonprofit Sea Legacy. The organization works to protect and create healthy and abundant oceans through visual storytelling. In 2017, Cristina and Paul sparked a global conversation about polar conservation with their footage of a starving polar bear.
  • Hilaree Nelson O’Neill is a climber and ski mountaineer. She’s been a professional adventure athlete for over 20 years and first caught sight of Papsura, or the Peak of Evil, in 1999. It seared a place in her mind and inspired years of training with the goal of reaching its peak. Despite failing to summit in 2013, her obsession with this perfect mountain drew her back for a second attempt, something she’d never done in the past. She finally reached the top and skied the route in 2017.
  • Mirna Valerio is an ultramarathon runner, author, and educator. She competes in races around the United States and is dedicated to creating positive messaging around health and fitness. Facing racism, sexism, and body shaming, she has dedicated herself to challenging stereotypes around who is and is not an athlete.

“At National Geographic, our stories inspire people to pursue their own adventures and learn more about the world around them,” said Andrea Leitch, senior director for National Geographic Travel and Adventure. “These eight Adventurers of the Year are constantly pushing boundaries and exemplify National Geographic’s spirit of exploration. We’re thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments with this prestigious honor.”

National Geographic has honored the awe-inspiring accomplishments of adventurers since 2006. Past honorees include climber and photographer Cory Richards, humanitarian and climber Wasfia Nazreen, climber Tommy Caldwell, explorer Steve Boyes, wildlife photographer Joe Riis, and hikers Peter McBride and Kevin Fedarko.

To learn more about each of the Adventurers of the Year, go to nationalgeographic.com/adventurers-of-the-year or follow @NatGeoAdventure on Instagram, @NGAdventure on Twitter or National Geographic Adventure on Facebook, and use #AdventurersOfTheYear.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick / Hannah.Sedgwick@natgeo.com / (202) 912-6762

Meg Calnan / Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com / (202) 912-6703

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

A Stage of Paradise on Superyacht St. David

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00
A Stage of Paradise on Superyacht St. David Sporting the interior elegance and an exterior design by Andrew Winch, St.David is the perfect Benetti choice for family getaways and action-packed itineraries. With a refit and significant price drop, and available for sale and charter with West Nautical, she is aching to be discovered for her next globe-trotting adventure...

The custom made 60-metre Benetti, knows how to make an entrance. She offers a stunning exterior space, superb volume and a flexible interior where all cabins other than the master can be twin or double. Her complete refit in 2017, the cherry on her cake, has transformed her expansive social space living space, available to charter with West Nautical. 

Andrew Winch modelled his exterior design on the iconic Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati sports cars, using their inspiration to create sweeping lines with clean radii and balanced windows. Her charter history proves this, boasting a history of her ocean quarters transcending guests to each corner of the world in style and ease whether to a Caribbean island or a rustic Mediterranean coastal town.

Ultra-modern with a traditional flair, no moment of M/Y St. David is without Winch Design magic. It is therefore easy to see how St. David's interior was inspired by the prestigious hotels of the Italian Riviera, accommodation 12 guests into 6 cabins, her interiors offer a stylish step into decadence. A merging of warm honey coloured palette and mint trimmings deck her out, while her striking mosaic floors, sculptured tables that rise and fall, detailed marquetry (not to mention magnificent sweeping spiral staircase), her Baroque style architecture and European elegance shines through.

When guests are done marvelling her visual allure there are the perks of paradise to be discovered. Her massage room with on board masseuse means closing your adventure-packed afternoons with an early evening massage; just the treat before going alfresco at the mercy of a Mediterranean backdrop.

All areas are open, spacious and functional; from the sundeck pool and main deck bar to the bridge deck verandah. Take her Teppanyaki grill, portable karaoke system and full disco and bandstand, she greets the outdoors with all the plush additions made for being at one with nature. Her large pool, and huge entertainment area are winning moments, while her outdoor cinema makes starlit movie nights, as a world wonder awaits you at twilight.

St. David is available for sale and charter with West Nautical in the East and West Mediterranean for the Summer Season, and the Caribbean in the Winter Season. 

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Breaking News: Universe’s First Stars Detected, Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:32

** Breaking News **

Universe’s First Stars Detected? Get the Facts.

Painstaking new work suggests that the burning balls of gas started forming about 180 million years after the cosmos burst into being.

Spokesperson Available  

Scientists have determined that the earliest stars didn’t turn on until about 180 million years after the big bang, when the universe as we know it exploded into existence.

For decades, teams of scientists have been chasing—in fact, racing—to detect the signatures of these first stars. The new detection, from a project called EDGES, is in the form of a radio signal triggered when light from those stars began interacting with the hydrogen gas that filled primordial empty space.

If the signal stands up to scrutiny, the detection simultaneously opens up a new line of cosmological inquiry and offers a few conundrums to tackle.

Click HERE to read more.

**National Geographic’s space & astronomy expert, Nadia Drake, is available today for interviews out of Washington, D.C. 

For Press Inquiries, Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: 7,000-Year-Old Native American Underwater Burial Site Found in Florida, Spokesperson & Video Avail

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:27

** Media Alert **

7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Underwater

In an unprecedented discovery, archaeologists identify a site where prehistoric people once buried their dead—now submerged beneath the waves.

Spokesperson and Video Available  

A miraculously preserved 7,000-year-old Native American burial site has been discovered off of the coast of Venice, Florida. Archaeologists found densely packed organic remains, including more human bones, sharpened wooden stakes and textile fragments. Radiocarbon tests on the wood indicate the site dates to the Early Archaic period, a time when Florida’s hunter-gatherers were starting to live in permanent villages and adopt a sedentary lifestyle. So far, the researchers have counted a minimum of six individual sets of human remains, but they anticipate discovering a lot more. Current surveys of the site suggest the whole graveyard could spread across an acre.

Click HERE to read more.

**National Geographic’s archaeology expert, Kristin Romey, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. 

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

The Sardinia Bucket List with M/Y Sascha

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 16:00
The Sardinia Bucket List with M/Y Sascha The island of Sardinia; Italy’s not-so-hidden-secret, is very much still on the charter map. A stage for the style studded circles of the Med, Sardinia fuses the glitzy cocktail spots and coastal glamour for a place where gelato coloured homes blush the horizon. We go-word-of-mouth with Luce Di Lella of Flying Charter to explore how to best enjoy the region on board 24m charter charmer: M/Y Sascha.

“Sardinia is one of the most charming places on earth” shares Luce Di Lella, Marketing Manager of Flying Charter. Idyllic for alternating between sparse coves and sandy stretches, the island cradles more than 25% of the Italian coastline, with a number of secret privés that offer the ultimate Mediterranean charter. “It is definitely considered one of the best places to be explored on a luxury yacht” continues Luce. “The following experiences should definitely be on your bucket list (...trust me,  I was lucky enough to test them all!”)

Inviting 8 guests to traverse the emerald waters of Italy in style, the bespoke Dominator 780 is perfectly crafted with you in mind.  Yet, even with the perfect charter vessel, when discovering the ancient allure of the region; cobbled streets, bustling piazzas and an eclectic food scene, the first hurdle is knowing where to start.

“Enchanting trekking trails, endless beaches, tiny rural villages and jet-set boutiques and clubs, these coexist here in perfect harmony” shares Luce. Giving us just the clue. “Snorkeling in La Maddalena archipelago is very famous for its stunning waters but this tiny group of islands and islets is truly out of this world”, and with the vessel kitted with snorkelling equipment, SUP’s and inflatable toys, there’s no better way to explore each shore a jewel in its own right.

The one of a kind “Spiaggia Rosa” is particularly worth discovering; a pink beach that explodes in technicolour. It seems there is no better first glance of the sun-bleached coasts of Sardinia than on board superyacht Sascha, inviting the lush island landscape in through her panoramic quarters.

Yet, beyond the feast of the eyes, Italy can be as much tasted as seen.  The region invites the palette to immerse into the gastronomical delights (and secret spots of the region) with local delicacies, bucket-list members in themselves. Luce shares; The local food and wine is the perfect excuse to overindulge in Cannonau (the traditional red wine), malloreddus, porceddu, culurgiones……” It is the delicacies of local farms like “La Sasima” that steal the spotlight, opening the doors of their kitchens, and their candlelit courtyard, for dining under a sky spilled with stars.

Truly Italian, the vessel Invites you also for a life lived best al fresco. Sasha’s aft deck space, idyllic for immersing into nature, marks the perfect spot for light lunches, or simply an aperitivo just before reaching the glitzy shopping shores of the island.  However, if you’re looking to trade the rustic allure of Sardinia’s eateries for the best seat in the house, opt for Sascha’s spacious flybridge. With a table for 8, no reservation needed, you and your guests can enjoy the fully-decked wet bar too, with almost every reason to stay on board to soak up the sun-stricken destination of Sardinia.

For that golden hour charter moment? “Phi Beach at sunset is definitely the place to be” shares Luce.  “Nestled among a tiny beach and the ruins of an ancient fort is Phi Beach, which has the most amazing view of the sun setting straight into a deep blue sea; and, best of the best, they have a dedicated tender service to pick you up straight from your yacht!”

In Sardinia the world feels entirely yours, with this glitzy slice of the Mediterranean-very much always having been on the charter scene-officially going nowhere.

The amazing M/Y Sascha is available for charter with Flying Charter for the Summer Season in Sardinia and Corsica.

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Media Alert: ‘Signature’ of Biblical Prophet Discovered, Spokesperson & Image Available

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:07

**Media Alert**

Have Archaeologists Discovered the ‘Signature’ of a Biblical Prophet?

A 2,700-year-old clay seal from Jerusalem may reference Isaiah, making it the earliest reference to the prophet outside of the Bible.

Spokesperson and Image Available

A clay seal from the eighth century B.C. discovered in a Jerusalem excavation may bear the name of the biblical prophet Isaiah. Archaeologists suggest that the ancient Hebrew script impressed into a damaged half-inch oval of clay may have once read “Isaiah the prophet.”

If the reading on the 2,700-year-old seal is correct, it would be the first reference to Isaiah outside of the Bible. The Hebrew prophet is described as a counselor to the Judean king Hezekiah, who ruled from the late eighth to the early seventh century B.C.

Click HERE to read more.

**National Geographic’s archaeology expert, Kristin Romey, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, Kelsey.Taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

A Jewel of the Ocean with Bernard Galley

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:00
A Jewel of the Ocean with Bernard Galley Like a peek into the future, the effervescent Ocean Sapphire pushes the boundaries of innovation, splits opinion and indulges the more acquired taste in the mode of yacht design. The sketches of her 2010 build today is as cutting edge cool that embodies the ellipsism of designs to come, ahead of the curve 18 years later and ready and raring for charter.

A look beyond the horizon of any West Mediterranean landscape from the crushed-pastel allure of Capri to the turquoise technicolour of the Balearic Islands, Ocean Sapphire is well and truly in her charter element.

Her sharp silhouette, at 14 knots that feel every inch a galaxy away from nature’s backdrop, and thrusts the attention of onlookers as just a part of her charm. Inviting 12 inside to her contemporary living space, she continues the theme inside out, commanding gushing guests to revel in her retro 41-metre sector.

Step inside and the theme takes reign once more; modern musings by Norman Foster ensuring her interior furnishings settles you into both comfort and luxury. Bold colours play host as a punchy and plush palette inviting family and friends to frolik in style between alfresco sunset spots, and cosy indoor dining, where technology teams with her state of the art gymnasium, open air entertainment.

For when you have exhausted utopia, shopping the glitzy shorelines of the Cote d’azure or stumbling across the unassuming historical wonders of the world, there is Ocean Sapphire. A treasured sanctuary that awaits you with a futuristic twist, she catches the eye-and heart-of those who stay.

Ocean Sapphire is available for charter this Summer and Winter Season in the West and East Mediterranean, as well as for sale with Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage.

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February soaring

Booker Gliding - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:57
The sunshine on Friday made for a busy launchpoint with club members and visitors enjoying some early spring soaring. Friday saw a few achievements - James Giles had a busy day passing his Bronze GFT. Cadet Maddi Roberts had her first flight in a Pegasus and loved it, and Max Norfolk felt much the same about the LS7. Saturday was also sunny and soarable, with plenty more flying for those not attending Steve Williams' briefing on Navigation.

Maddi - Pegasus pilot

National Geographic Kids Dives into Fiction with New Imprint, New Book Series

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:17

New series hailed by J.J. Abrams as “A fun, exciting and action-packed ride that kids will love”

WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2018)— After celebrating a landmark 130 years of exploration, science and superb storytelling, National Geographic today announced its next big endeavor: children’s fiction.

A longtime leader in the children’s nonfiction world, National Geographic Kids Books will bring the same caliber of engaging, educational storytelling to the fiction world starting this fall, publishing under a new imprint called Under the Stars. Under the Stars will create fictional stories based on the research and adventures of National Geographic’s leading scientists, photographers and journalists. Publishing one fictional book series per year, the imprint will focus on one or more core National Geographic subjects, including geography, history, space, STEM, exploration and world cultures.

Under the Stars is already off to a buzzworthy start with its first title, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret.” Part of a seven-book series, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” by Trudi Trueit (on sale Sept. 4, 2018; ISBN: 978-1-4263-3159-6; ages 8-12; $16.99) is filled with real-world science, code-breaking and a gripping narrative that follows 12-year-old Cruz, along with a diverse group of his fellow students, as he plunges into a world of critical missions while also having to turn in his homework on time.

The story has received advance praise from LeVar Burton (“Reading Rainbow,” “LeVar Burton Reads”), author T.A. Barron (the Merlin Saga) and director, producer and screenwriter J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars VII” and “IX,” “Star Trek,” “Alias,” “Lost,” etc.), among others. To date, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” is slated to publish simultaneously in nine languages, with other translated editions to be added regularly. Beyond publishing, the series will serve as National Geographic’s first global franchise to include consumer products, family entertainment centers, family travel and education.

“We’ve spent the last few years developing riveting fictional stories like ‘Explorer Academy’ for this new imprint,” said Erica Green, National Geographic Kids Books editorial director. “We hope the characters in these books will offer inspiration, by helping kids and adults alike ultimately want to explore and protect our planet. Each book published through Under the Stars will be steeped in fact and real-world investigation and will showcase characters and illuminate situations that embody our remarkably talented explorers and how they interact with the world.”

Like the Explorer Academy series, all other Under the Stars books will be primarily aimed at the middle grade (kids ages 8-12), with an emphasis on self-expression and an overarching message of the power of curiosity. Each book will work as a stand-alone publication, but will also be part of a transmedia experience, conceived and produced such that the characters and narrative arcs work on various platforms from print, to digital, to screens of all sizes.

“We hope to use these books to continue to carry forth our founders’ commitment to quality, innovative storytelling and bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration,” said Jennifer Emmett, senior vice president of content for National Geographic Kids.

To get early access to the first chapter and learn more about Explorer Academy, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/.

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Media Contact

Caitlin Holbrook  |  (202) 912-6714  |  caitlin.holbrook@natgeo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Nat Geo Exclusive Video: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:27

** Media Alert **

Exclusive: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.

Video Available  

On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

In preparation for the second season of MARS, which is returning to Nat Geo this fall, a camera crew followed Musk and his team on the day of the launch, capturing their reactions as the rocket rumbled to life.

“Holy flying f–k, that thing took off,” Musk exclaimed. Moments later, he and SpaceX staffers ran out the door of the launch control center and turned their gazes upward. “Look at that! That’s unreal!” Musk cried out.

For the full story and video, click HERE.

For press inquiries, contact:

Jennifer DeGuzman, jennifer.deguzman@natgeo.com, (212)-656-0713

 

National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot Launch Cover Photo Competition

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:05

Photographers encouraged to submit photos depicting a life-changing trip for the cover of Traveler’s June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue

WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine and Your Shot, National Geographic’s online global photo community, launched a special assignment, “The Trip That Changed My Life.” One photo submitted as part of this assignment will be selected for the cover of the upcoming June/July 2018 issue of Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Photographers of all levels are invited to ignite their inner explorer and submit photos from a trip that had a profound impact on their life. The assignment is open now and entries must be submitted by March 5, 2018, at natgeo.com/travelercover.

A panel of judges will select one photo from the Your Shot assignment to grace the cover of Traveler, and the photographer will be interviewed by Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone for the issue.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has published the world’s best photography and ground-breaking storytelling, and for 34 years Traveler has presented the world’s best destinations,” Stone said. “This competition will deliver those superlatives and reveal one more: A rising-star photographer with the passion and talent to create a spectacular image of an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to see these amazing images and hear stories of trips that changed lives in our National Geographic community. Let the clicking begin!”

The contest will be judged by Stone, Traveler Director of Photography Anne Farrar and National Geographic Travel and Adventure Associate Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath. The judges will look for images that capture the best of the world, including iconic destinations, beautiful places and epic vistas that invoke the spirit of exploration. Photos should demonstrate a strong sense of place that has readers wishing they were in the picture, just as National Geographic showcases the farthest reaches of the earth through photography. Please note, images should ideally be vertical and must be able to accommodate the Traveler logo.

Photographers can visit natgeo.com/travelercover to submit their best photo via National Geographic Your Shot. The final cover will be revealed in May, and the “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler will be on newsstands May 29, 2018.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick | (202) 912-6762 | hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com

Meg Calnan | (202) 912-6703 | meg.calnan@natgeo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

 

Another Wet Saturday

Booker Gliding - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:37

Today we had an excellent lecture from William Parker on Field Landings given to a packed lecture room. Lots of advice about making sensible decisions in good time, looking for big usable fields, working out the wind and assessing the surface from aloft. Good use of yet another wet Saturday.

Gary E. Knell Named to Succeed Declan Moore as New CEO National Geographic Partners

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:00

Los Angeles, CA  –  February 9, 2018 – The Board of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) and the National Geographic Society, announced today that Gary E. Knell, who since 2014 has served as President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will succeed Declan Moore as the new CEO of National Geographic Partners effective March 1.

Moore, who has been CEO of National Geographic Partners since its formation in 2015, led the integration of the organization’s consumer-facing assets into 21st Century Fox (21CF) as part of the two companies’ expanded joint venture. In that time, Moore aligned National Geographic’s programming, publishing and digital strategy more closely around its historic mission to support premium storytelling about science, adventure and exploration. Under Moore, National Geographic grew its global television footprint to 450 million homes, expanded its digital infrastructure and cross-platform storytelling, cemented its status as the world’s leading social media brand, and carried a record number of travelers on Nat Geo Expeditions. Moore began his career at National Geographic in 1995. He previously served in many capacities there, including President of Publishing and Travel and Chief Media Officer.

In his new role as CEO of National Geographic Partners, Knell will oversee all of National Geographic’s global storytelling assets, including the television, magazine, print and digital operations, licensing and travel expeditions. As CEO of the National Geographic Society, Knell was responsible for the Society’s nonprofit and educational activities globally, and until the formation of National Geographic Partners, oversaw the organization’s print and digital platforms, travel and consumer products. Knell presently serves as Chairman of National Geographic Partners, and has also held various board positions at National Geographic since 2003.

21CF President Peter Rice said: “Declan has been a tremendous champion of National Geographic, and his steady leadership in the founding of National Geographic Partners has created a foundation for it to thrive as one of the world’s most iconic media brands for years to come. Gary is ideally situated to build on that momentum. Nobody understands National Geographic better than Gary, and his breadth of media experience, strategic mindset and global perspective make him the perfect leader of the organization at this exciting time of transformation.”

Jean Case, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of National Geographic Society and member of the Board of National Geographic Partners added: “I have tremendous respect for Gary’s outstanding leadership. His passionate commitment to science, exploration and storytelling – combined with his deep expertise in media and his love of the National Geographic brand – makes him ideally suited to lead National Geographic Partners to its next level of success. I also want to express my gratitude to Declan for his extensive contributions to National Geographic Partners and Society.”

Knell said: “I’m thrilled to build on the enormous momentum that’s already been generated by Declan and his team at National Geographic Partners, and to continue to leverage National Geographic’s full portfolio of amazing assets to drive positive change through the best in science, exploration and storytelling. At the Society, we’ve succeeded in developing an impact-driven agenda for the most pressing issues facing the planet, and are well positioned to continue to execute on that ambition thanks to the fantastic leadership team we’ve put in place.”

Moore said: “I’m grateful for the 23 years I’ve dedicated to this extraordinary organization, and am so proud of the teams, the businesses and the brands that we have developed and nurtured in that time. It’s been immensely rewarding working so closely with Peter and Gary and am happy to be leaving NGP in their extremely capable hands. I know that the work we’ve done to scale and modernize National Geographic Partners has positioned the brand for tremendous future success.”

Before coming to National Geographic Society, Knell was president and CEO of National Public Radio. Under his leadership, Knell leveraged the organization’s extensive network of member stations to drive cross-platform journalism and cultural programming, grow philanthropic and corporate underwriting support and draw new audiences to NPR’s distinct offerings. Knell’s career in media spans nearly three decades, including 22 years at Sesame Workshop. During Knell’s 12-year tenure as CEO, Sesame expanded its revenue base, worldwide audience and global recognition. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Knell was managing director of Manager Media International, a print and multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He also has served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office.

About 21st Century Fox:
21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 300 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 22 million customers across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.

About National Geographic Partners:
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About National Geographic Society:
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Media Contacts:
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Laura Nichols
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Kelsey Flora
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Media Alert: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Spokesperson Available on the Ground

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:37

** Media Alert **

Why This Week’s Big Rocket Launch May Make History

If all goes to plan, the newest member of SpaceX’s fleet could become the most powerful rocket since the one that sent humans to the moon.

Spokesperson Available  

On February 6, SpaceX will aim to make history with the Falcon Heavy rocket — and they are looking to do it in a most peculiar way. The Falcon Heavy will soar into space carrying a cherry-red Tesla Roadster blaring David Bowie into a sun-centered orbit near Mars.  

What makes this rocket launch unique?

If successful, the Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, capable of launching more than 140,000 pounds of cargo—and one day perhaps passengers—into low-Earth orbit. 

Click HERE to read more.

**National Geographic’s space expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews.

**National Geographic’s science and space expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews on the ground, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

 

For Press Inquiries Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724 

NAT GEO EXCLUSIVE: LASER SCANS REVEAL MAYA “MEGALOPOLIS” BELOW GUATEMALAN JUNGLE, Images & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:06

** Media Alert **

NAT GEO EXCLUSIVE: LASER SCANS REVEAL MAYA “MEGALOPOLIS” BELOW GUATEMALAN JUNGLE

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought. 

 Spokesperson & Visuals Available  

National Geographic has exclusively reported a major breakthrough in Maya archaeology. Researchers, including three National Geographic Explorers, have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. The results suggest that Central America supported an advanced civilization that was more comparable to sophisticated cultures such as ancient Greece or China. 

 So, how did they make this revolutionary discovery? 

Using a technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed.  

For the full story, click HERE.

  For the drop box of images and usage requirements, click HERE.

 See how LiDAR is rewriting the history of the Maya in “Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings,” a one-hour National Geographic Special, premiering February 6 on the National Geographic Channel. 

**National Geographic Explorers, Albert LinFrancisco Estrada-Belli and Thomas Garrison are available for interviews.

 

For press inquiries contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Exclusive: 99 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Found Trapped in Amber, Images & Experts Available

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:12

** Media Alert **

Exclusive: Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber

Exclusive Images & Spokesperson Available  

Remains of a 99 million-year-old bird encased in amber have been found in Myanmar. While previous specimens in Burmese amber have been more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton as this juvenile bird, which features the back of the skull, most of the spine, the hips, and parts of one wing and leg. 

Although there have been previous specimens in Burmese amber that are more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton as this juvenile bird, which features the back of the skull, most of the spine, the hips, and parts of one wing and leg. 

This discovery, supported in part by the National Geographic Society, adds an important piece to the fossils found from the Cretaceous period. The team hopes to one day have a whole growth series of enantiornithine birds in Burmese amber.

For the full story, click HERE.

**National Geographic science expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

**National Geographic Explorer, Lida Xingis available for interviews out of Beijing. 

 

For Press Inquiries Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Exclusive: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut’s Tomb, Images & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:29

** Media Alert **

Nat Geo Exclusive: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut’s Tomb

Two previous investigations disagreed about what’s behind the tomb walls. Now scientists are launching an all-out effort to solve the mystery.

Exclusive Visuals & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic has had the unique opportunity to be the only journalists inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb while it is being scanned.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced today that a third round of ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning is underway inside the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun in hopes of answering a question that has long intrigued and stumped researchers: Are the walls of the famous tomb hiding other chambers—perhaps another royal burial concealed for more than 3,300 years?

If the results confirm the existence of voids beyond the walls, it will mark the beginning of an even more exciting scientific pursuit to determine what—or who—rests beyond Tut’s tomb.

For the full story, click HERE.

**National Geographic Archaeology expert, Kristin Romey, is available for interviews remotely from Egypt.

 

For Press Inquiries:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

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