February 7, 2012
Aerial Antarctica

Aerial Antarctica     Photo: NASA Earth Observatory/flickr

Team Halts Antarctic Kite Ski

Men traveled a record 3,000 miles

A pair of Belgian explorers ended their unsupported kite-ski trek across Antarctica on Sunday after traveling a record distance of 5,013 kilometers, or roughly 3,000 miles. The last team to leave Antarctica this season, Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour began their trip on November 4, hoping to cover 6,000 kilometers over the course of 100 days. The pair covering about 68 kilometers per day for 74 days in temperatures that averaged -22 degrees farenheit. "The approaching winter weather brings increasingly unstable conditions. At this moment their current location—on flat terrain perfect as landing strip—still guarantees a safe pickup," said Julie Brown, Dansercoer's wife.

Read more at ExplorersWeb


Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong at the Rocky Hill Roundup     Photo: austincameraguy/Flickr

WADA: Hand Over Armstrong Evidence

Agency wants material from prosecutors

The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked U.S. investigators to turn over evidence gathered during a two-year criminal investigation into possible doping by Lance Armstrong. Federal prosecutors dropped the inquirey without explanation on Friday. WADA president John Fahey said that the agency would like to use any evidence that prosecutors may have collected as part of its own ongoing investigation of doping in cycling. "It is important that that happen as quickly as possible, just in case there are athletes who might be looking at going to [the London Olympics] and where there is evidence in relation to them," he said. It is unclear whether the agency could use that evidence to sanction Armstrong or any other riders. The federal investigation focused on Armstrong's career with the U.S. Postal Service team before 2004, a period that falls outside WADA's eight-year statute of limitations.

Read more at ABC


Underwater cameraman

Underwater cameraman     Photo: Underwater cameraman via Shutterstock

Ocean Filmaker Mike deGruy Dies in Crash

DeGruy was behind The Blue Planet

Filmmaker Mike deGruy, who won an Emmy award in 2002 for his work on The Discovery Channel's "The Blue Planet" documentary, died in a helicopter crash on Saturday in Australia. DeGruy, 60, was traveling in a helicopter piloted by fellow filmmaker Andrew Wight when the aircraft crashed outside of Sydney. DeGruy contributed films for National Geographic and collaborated with director James Cameron on "Last Mysteries of the Titanic." In 1978, he survived a serious encounter with a gray reef shark while filming in the Marshall Islands.

Read more at The New York Times


San Andres, Colombia

San Andres, Colombia     Photo: laloking97/Flickr

Fisherman Survives 20 Days Lost at Sea

Man drifts 1,000 miles to Colombia

A Puerto Rican fisherman was released from the hospital on Monday after surviving for 20 days while lost at sea in the Caribbean. Jose Luis Mendez drifted more than 1,000 miles when his boat had engine trouble as he attempted to return to port on January 15. He eventually landed on the island of San Andres, in Colombia, having survived for 20 day on rain water and raw fish. He had lost 40 pounds. In 2006, a trio of fisherman were found alive near the Marshall Islands, nine months after setting out from the western coast of Mexico in an open-hulled fishing boat.

Read more at the Washington Post



Skydiving in Spain     Photo: Skydive Lillo/Flickr

Skydiver Will Try to Break Sound Barrier

Baumgartner to jump from 120,000 ft.

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner on Monday announced that he will attempt to break the sound barrier by skydiving from a modified hot air balloon, 36.5 kilometers above the earth. Baumgartner would become the first person to break the exceed the speed of sound without the aid of a machine. The stunt was postponed last year after a promoter sued Baumgartner's sponsor, Red Bull, for copyright infringment. The lawsuit is now resolved and the jump is expected to take place in August this year. Baumgartner said recent tests have been successful. "I can deliver, I can perform," he said. "The equipment will function." The previous altitude record was set at 31 kilometers (19.3 miles) in 1960.

Read more at BBC