National Geographic : 2013 Jan
hannah tak, ngm staff. photos (from top): steve wisbauer, stockbyte/getty images; marie hÉlÈne cingal. art: shizuka aoki NEXT | EXplorErs Quiz 1. Mars has been an object of col- orful speculation ever since the egyptians noted its presence in the night sky alMost 3,500 years ago. Name the first of Nasa’s robotic rovers to send back detailed close-ups after touchdown on the red planet: A. Curiosity B. Opportunity C. Sojourner D. Asimov in about 325 b.c. the Greek explorer pytheas dared to sail out of the Mediterranean into the north atlantic beyond, and Might have gotteN as far as icelaNd. What importaNt discovery did he make iN his travels? A. The Earth is round. B. The Celts were ferocious warriors who nailed enemies’ heads over their doors. C. Northern regions were inhabited by “a mon- strous white bear.” D. The tides are associated with the phases of the moon. a darinG voyaGe in open canoes across thousands of Miles of ocean brought the oriGinal settlers to easter island. this tiny pacific “navel of the world” is closest to the loNgitude of Which city? A. Honolulu, Hawaii B. Juneau, Alaska C. Santiago, Chile D. Moab, Utah teddy roosevelt undertook a punishing expedition in brazil, down the unMapped river of doubt and on to the aMazon. naMe the “evil” and “ferocious” adversary he later wrote about: A. Piranhas capable of stripping a person to the bone B. An electric eel, which killed one of his boatmen on a river cross- ing C. A political consultant sent out to savage his reputation D. A 20-foot-long black caiman weighing 3,000 pounds 4. in 1914, after a failed bid for a third term as president, other species are also spectacular travelers (though they always forget to pack their clothes). which of these aniMals regularly Makes the Greatest lonG-distance migration on earth? A. Bar-tailed godwit B. Arctic tern C. Sooty shearwater D. Humpback whale this quiz is the first of seven to run in 2013 to celebrate national geographic’s 125th anniversary. the next will appear in march. 2. 3. 5. E XPLORE findanswersonpage27.✂cuthere the space shuttle astronauts journeyed up to 4.3 Million Miles on a single flight. but like all adventurous trav- elers, they also pined for small reminders of life back home. naMe the artist whose Music was at the top of the charts for space shuttle wake-up calls: A. Elton John, whose hits include “Rocket Man” B. Aaron Copland, composer of “Fanfare for the Common Man” C. Paul McCartney, whose songbook includes “Off the Ground” and “Soggy Noodle” D. Dean Martin, who sang “Volare” 6. ThE LuRE Of LOng DisTancEs great journeys have a powerful hold on the human imagination. we love the idea, if only from an armchair, of cutting loose from the comforts of everyday life and venturing into uncharted worlds—with no certain destination and no guarantee of safe return. this quiz celebrates that bold impulse.