Though the European discoveries are often overstated by including places that were already inhabited by non-Europeans, the actual discoveries (meaning, islands never inhabited by people, or by people that had long died out) are extremely impressive.

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Drone flies in crevasse

Demonstration from Flyability of a drone designed to investigate difficult environments to explore:

Flyability … partnered with the mountain rescue team of the Zermatt Glacier in the Swiss Alps to explore crevasses situated at an altitude of 3’500 meters ASL.

These narrow ice caves are inaccessible to all current robotic technologies, and present a huge risk to human rescuers. Flyability has pushed the boundaries of UAVs with their latest drone, as it was able to fly down into the crevasse and back up to return to the surface and captured the most stunning footages of the area, rarely seen by humans.

With its spherical, freely rotating protective cage, the drone remains perfectly stable after contacts, making it completely collision-tolerant and safe to fly close to humans. It was thus capable to easily access this extreme environment while being remotely operated by an untrained pilot. The embedded full HD camera, digital live video transmission and the powerful lighting system allowed the drone to operate in the heart of the mountain glacier, tens of meters below the surface.

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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.

For those who were alive at the time, it was shocking, tragic and unprecedented. The Space Shuttle program represented the promise of space exploration and the future of humanity. It was a beacon of hope. And it felt particularly sharp because, for the first time, a civilian had been chosen as an astronaut: the teacher Christa McAuliffe. It galvanized schools everywhere to learn more about space and celebrate this remarkable achievement, because if she could become an astronaut, anybody could.

That moment changed everything. IFOS’ @propagandery was at home sick that day and watching TV when the news broke. There are no words to describe the feeling of loss and confusion. What would happen to the space program? Was humanity grounded forever?

Nearly 3 years later, on September 29, 1988, the Space Shuttle Discovery launched. Once again, everyone was watching, our hearts pounding together. You could sense a feeling of joy and relief worldwide when it reached orbit. And once again, we were touching the edge of the infinite.

We honor the lives of the Challenger crew, and their bravery and sacrifice. And we are inspired by those intrepid souls, the astronauts, who continue to risk their lives in the greatest quest humanity has ever known: to explore the stars.