The Future of Exploration

Discovering the Uncharted Frontiers of Science, Technology, and Human Potential

Written By: Terry Garcia, Chris Rainier, Sir Richard Branson
Join former National Geographic Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer Terry Garcia and nature and cultural photographer Chris Rainier, a National Geographic Explorer, on a journey with some of the world’s most renowned and respected explorers, scientists, astronauts, visionaries, thinkers, and authors as they discuss and share their insights about what motivates them, what is left to explore, and why we should care in The Future of Exploration.

Exploration is as old as humankind, but there are still surprises that await us. With technology opening doors that once seemed permanently closed, the twenty-first century will be the greatest age of exploration in our history.

Accompanied with awe-inspiring photography, each contributor shares their personal achievements and insight into what the future of exploration looks like from their respective fields, the challenges we face, and possible solutions. Whether delving into the terrestrial, oceanic, or cosmic frontiers, embark on a journey into the uncharted future and be inspired yourself to be a part of the future of exploration.

35+ EXPLORERS: The Future of Exploration features stories by legendary modern explorers in various industries, each with their own networks, fanbase, and social media accounts to promote the book. Contributors include Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard, Richard Branson, Louise Leakey, Zahi Hawass, Yvon Chouinard, Paula Kahumbu, Kris Tompkins, Kakenya Ntaiya, Wade Davis, Nemonte Nenquimo, Carolyn Porco, Krithi Karanth, Nainoa Thompson, Wasfia Nazreen, Samuel Ramsey, Sven Lindblad, and more

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY: Enjoy breathtaking photographs captured around the globe, including deep sea, wildlife, and outer space

EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN: Delve into the excitement of the unknown and learn about the new technology leading the way for exploration

CURATED BY PROMINENT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORERS: Acclaimed National Geographic Explorers Terry Garcia and Chris Rainier share insights from their 40+ year careers exploring the world and interacting with the world's forerunners of exploration on earth, in space, and at sea.

GIFT FOR THE ADVENTURER IN YOUR LIFE: The Future of Exploration is the perfect gift for adventurers and travelers

PROCEEDS TO RESEARCH, EXPLORATION & CONSERVATION: Profits from The Future of Exploration will be donated to early career field scientists, explorers, and conservationists pursuing innovative projects across a wide range of disciplines

Format: PLC
Publication Date: 10/24/2023
ISBN: 9781647229177
Pages: 312
Trim Size: 7.5 x 9.5 x 1

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Terry Garcia, Co-Author: Terry Garcia was Executive Vice President and Chief Science and Exploration Officer at National Geographic for 17 years. In 2010, President Obama appointed him to the National Commision on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. In 2011, Garcia received Peru's highest civilian award for helping repatriate ancient artifacts from Machu Picchu. He is President of Exploration Ventures.

Chris Rainier, Co-Author: Chris Rainier is a documentary photographer and National Geographic Explorer known for documenting endangered cultures and traditional languages. He is a fellow at London's Royal Geographical Society and director of the Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation, a global program for preserving biodiversity and cultural heritage. He has photographed on every continent, covering cultures from the Stone Age tribes of New Guinea to ancient tattoo body marking.

Sir Richard Branson, Foreword: SIR RICHARD BRANSON is the founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world’s most irresistible brands, which has expanded into many diverse sectors, including travel, telecommunications, health, banking, music, and leisure. Having started Virgin as a mail-order record retailer in 1970, Branson founded Virgin Records. After the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, released Tubular Bells, Virgin Records went on to sign household names including the Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones. There are now more than forty Virgin companies worldwide in over thirty-five countries. Branson has challenged himself with many record-breaking adventures, including the fastest-ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of oceanic balloon journeys, and kitesurfing across the English Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all.” Branson has nearly forty million followers on social media and blogs regularly on issues including entrepreneurship, the environment, and adventure to purpose. Since starting the youth culture magazine Student at age fifteen, he has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004, Branson established Virgin Unite, the nonprofit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organizations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The B Team, and Ocean Unite. Read more at