It started with The Abyss. Then a little thing called Titanic. Then a slew of aquatic documentaries. And this past weekend, the ocean-obsessed life of James Cameron finally culminated when the man climbed into a submarine he helped design and set the world record for the deepest journey into the Earth by a single human being.
And as soon as he breached the surface, the haters were there to greet him. “We should have sent a robot,” they said. Our “expendable robot spawn will win every time,” they said. They’re cheaper, faster, stronger…
But they’re not human. They don’t know fear and they don’t know courage—so we’re calling shenanigans.
If you’ve got $500,000, your next vacation could be on Mars.
That’s what PayPal cofounder and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says, at least. You’ll have to wait until 2014 and it’ll be slightly more dangerous than Jamaica, but otherwise, the stars are your new destination.
Astronaut John Glenn aboard the USS Noa after having been recovered from a splash landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Fifty years ago this week, when John Glenn completed the first of three orbits around the earth, he reported the presence of a bright light on an otherwise pitch-black, sunless horizon. Fearing that Glenn was hallucinating, the medical staff was called in to initiate a health assessment test. As it turned out, though, residents of Perth, Australia, had turned on every light in the city as a message of goodwill to the astronaut orbiting above. From then on, Perth would be known as “the city of lights.”
They don’t make Antarctic explorers like they used to.
So we thought we’d take a moment away from our usual programming to celebrate one of the boldest, most hard-headed men of the early 20th century: Mr. Ernest Shackleton. And to do the man justice, we’re going to video.