15 Oct '11, 10pm

Discovering America [image] #NASA

For the past week, we have celebrated the discovery and exploration of our planet. Every October, Earth Science Week provides an opportunity to share wonder and curiosity about our planet. This week, NASA and other agencies also rekindled the spirit of exploration with a series of research flights to distant Antarctica. And of course, the week brought the annual celebrations of the first European discoverers of America. October 9 is Leif Erikson Day, honoring the Viking (or Norse) explorer who sailed his crew to the first recorded landing of Europeans in North America around the year 1000. There is some evidence that a merchant named Bjarni Herjólfsson may have spotted North American lands around 985, after being blown off course on a voyage from Iceland to Greenland. Herjólfsson supposedly inspired Erikson with his account, provoking him to sail west from Greenland in sea...

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