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Fliers and Explorers Globe Signing Ceremony
Explorers Honored by American Geographical Society
On December 11, 2000, Neil Armstrong and five other holders of exploration records signed the American Geographical Society (AGS) Fliers and Explorers Globe at the Wings Club in New York City. Established in 1851, AGS is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States. It is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in geographical research and education.
Over the past century, more than 60 famous fliers and explorers, such as Charles Lindbergh and Sir Edmund Hillary, have signed the globe and drawn the routes of their exploits on it. The new signers on this occasion were
Part of the globe signing ceremony included an exciting GIS demo/presentation using ArcView GIS. Jerry Dobson, director of exploration of the AGS and senior development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, helped organize the presentation of the explorers' monumental achievements with a dynamic and exciting visualization using ArcView GIS, including a "fly-by" into the Marianas Trench, the route of Jones and Piccard's circumnavigation of the globe, the flooding of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and Armstrong's orbits around the moon and subsequent lunar landing. Video was also embedded into ArcView GIS to provide actual footage of each of the events to help the audience envision what each of the explorers saw and experienced as realistically as possible. Afterward, speaking about the presentation, Dobson said, "The presentation was a smashing success with many prominent people introduced to GIS in an imaginative way."
For more information about the AGS or the Fliers and Explorers Globe, contact Jerry Dobson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (tel.: 865-574-5937, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).