25 Great Expeditions, From Viking Voyages to Walking on the Moon

This video lists 25 extraordinary exploits of exploration — by land, sea and air. It tells us something about the men and women who performed these feats of endurance, inspiration and stamina.

They range in date. Some are as early as the Viking Erik the Red’s discovery of Greenland at the end of the 10th century, facilitating his son Leif Eriksson’s discovery of North America. Some are as recent as 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon.

There are circumnavigators of the world, such as Ferdinand Magellan in 1519 and the solo sailor Joshua Slocum in 1895. There are ventures not only into space, but into the depths of the ocean (William Beebe), up the highest  mountain (Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary), and into the air over the North Pole (Louise Arner Boyd).

I graduated in English language and literature with Latin subsidiary. I write poetry, act, and have worked in reference and educational publishing for decades. I was commissioned in 1994 to write The Ladybird Book of Kings and Queens, did extensive editing and writing for Harraps 20th-century History series, and was one of the contributors to Helicon's Book of the Millennium, a 4-volume children's world history book.