A Note on Exploration

Boundaries are created by our beliefs.  They aren’t meant to keep us in, but to serve as starting points to see how much further out we can go.

I‘ve been thinking about exploration quite a bit, since that’s a lot of what I do for work and for fun. Making documentaries has enabled me to go so many incredible places and meet so many brilliant people. We live in such an amazing world. It is important for us as a human species to continue exploring it, whether through a microscope, telescope, submersible, or spacecraft.

The marriage between technology and exploration has never been more exciting.  Science and technology are allowing us to feed our innate need to continue exploring our world and others, to learn about things we only imagined or never imagined, to go further out, deeper down, to explore the infinite invisible world of innerspace and to visit places on this planet man has never seen.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do… Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.” ~Mark Twain

Space exploration is changing with the advent of private space companies offering tourist trips to space and a rush of new companies trying to get a piece of the private space industry pie.  It is imperative we go back to the Moon and beyond.  Still, so much of our own planet has not been explored.

More people have been on the moon than have been to the bottom of our own oceans.

We need to continue challenging ourselves to go out further, go deeper, look closer, take one more step, go within, breathe, and question what we know.


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My friend Robin took me on my first trip to Norton’s one hot day during the summer of 2004. Needless to say, I was hooked. It’s filled to the brim with spare aerospace surplus from the Apollo era and before. Carlos Guzman is the owner of Norton’s and an all around good guy. I liked it so much, I pitched the story to WIRED Science and we did a segment on it.  If you’re looking for parts to build your own space ship or if you’re looking for unique art supplies, Norton’s is the place for you.



Ansari X PRIZE

X PRIZE Flights, X1 and X2

Early morning at the Ansari X PRIZE

I‘ve been so lucky to have had some incredible adventures lately. However, nothing compares to the last 6 months working for X PRIZE Foundation.

It was a great honor to be a part of something that was a mile marker in the history of mankind.

I had the privilege to work with Bob Weiss, Vice Chairman for the Foundation and to produce the live simulcast (TV and Web) for the X PRIZE flights. It ended up being the biggest webcast in the history of webcasts. More people logged on to watch the launches than any other live webcast. Ever. It was also big day on Discovery Network’s Science Channel, who saw a spike in their viewership as well.

But all that pales in comparison to being in Mojave – meeting the all the amazing people making history – working with an incredible crew – to not sleeping for days because there’s so much work to be done – to watching the launches – to realizing that maybe, just maybe, the door has been opened just far enough that you and I can someday experience space ourselves.

A person does not participate in something like that and remain unchanged.

In the aftermath, it’s the kind of thing that you wonder if it really happened or if it was all an incredible dream. Then you realize it’s not. It’s real. It’s very real and I am one incredibly lucky person.