Adventurer of the Year: Felix Baumgartner

It’s always fun to write about Felix Baumgartner.  Probably because I get into so many arguments about him.  People call him a daredevil, a nut, an adrenalin junkie, the Red Bull dude.  Anything but a serious explorer.  I wrote about him in October, just prior to his historic skydive from 128,000 feet (39,014m) on Oct….

Felix Baumgartner

In about 12 hours – by the time many of you read this – Felix Baumgartner will dive from a platform at the edge of space.  His challenge is to become the first human to break the sound barrier in free fall. It is difficult to overstate the dangers of this challenge.  At that altitude…

Why NASA Mars Mission Matters

A while back, I wrote a blog post about the Apollo moon mission and how its real importance had only been understood years later.  As a kind of cultural rally cry.  A gold standard of human achievement. “Well, if we can put a man on the moon, we can certainly do ____________.”  You fill in…