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Pluto Theme #3: Historic Explorers

Historic explorers icon Historic Explorers: those who pioneered the exploration of the land, sea and sky. Revisit our discussion forum.

Proposed Name Description Citation Notes
P3.1 Norgay For Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986), Nepal. Along with Sir Edmund Hillary, the first two humans reach the summit of Mount Everest britannica.com  
P3.2 Hillary For Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), New Zealand. Along with Tenzing Norgay, the first two humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest britannica.com  
P3.3 al-Idrisi Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1099-1165, explorer and skilled mapmaker, whose compendium The Pleasure of Him Who Longs to Cross the Horizons describes regions as far apart as Ireland and China. britannica.com The title of his compendium is extremely appropriate!
P3.4 Cousteau Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 1910-1997, France, ocean explorer and co-developer of SCUBA. britannica.com  
P3.5 Zheng He 1371-1433, Chinese Ming Dynasty, diplomat, led expeditionary voyages of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. britannica.com  
P3.6 Baré Jeanne Baré, 1740-1807, French naturalist who had to disguise herself as a man to become the first woman to circumnavigate the Earth. history.com Alternative spellings are Baret or Barett
P3.7 Eriksson Leif Eriksson, c. 970-1020, Iceland, regarded to be the first European to visit North America. britannica.com  
P3.8 Kupe 10th century, Polynesian explorer who discovered New Zealand, and later became the subject of Maori mythology. history-nz.org  
P3.9 Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl, 1914-2002, Norway, sailed 8000 miles on the Kon-Tiki, a hand-built raft, to show that ancient people could travel long sea voyages. britannica.com  
P3.10 Bird Isabella Bird, 1831-1904, British, first female member of the Royal Geographical Society. She explored and wrote about much of Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Hawaii and parts of the US. encyclopedia.com  
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