Expedition to Antarctica
See the White Continent in its unspoiled state—turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and breaching whales.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
This trip was the perfect combination of knowledgeable guides and lecturers, small group size, wonderful ship, and the most spectacular destination imaginable.”
I loved everything! One of my best trips…”
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Dr. Jim Zimbelman is a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum where he has served as the chairman of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He has expertise in physics and mathematics (B.A.), geophysics and space physics (M.S. University of California at Los Angeles), as well as geology (Ph.D. Arizona State University). Jim was co-editor of the book Environmental Effects on Volcanic Eruptions: From Deep Oceans to Deep Space, and has written more than 60 papers and maps for various peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. Over the past 20 years at NASM, he has been involved in the analysis of high-resolution spacecraft imaging and geophysical data of the Earth and terrestrial planets, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, and other geologic studies of terrestrial planets.
Roger D. Launius is Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He has also been a senior curator and Division Chair in Space History at NASM. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A graduate of Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, he received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1982. He has written or edited more than thirty books on aerospace history, most recently since 2010: Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce (NASA SP-2014-4554, 2014); Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned (AIAA, 2013); Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Probes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space (NASA SP -2011-593, 2012), which received the AIAA’s history manuscript prize; and Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical Years (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Astronautical Society, and associate fellow of the AIAA. He also served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003 and presented the prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture on the history of national security space policy at the United States Air Force Academy in 2006. He is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues, and has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television network news programs.