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The remotest and loneliest astronaut.

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She reminds us of the excitement and beauty inherent in aviation.

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She loved waking up, quite alone, in a strange town.

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She scaled mountains wearing forbidden trousers.

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She developed a pathological aversion to her native England.

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An astute proto-ethnologist attired in full Victorian garb.

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“Ice does eerie things,” she said.

From left: Winston Churchill, Gertrude Bell, T.E. Lawrence

She was as complicated as the country she helped to found.

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The two things she loved most: her husband and an exploding volcano.

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“A woman whose life’s poetry never sank to prose.”

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A resolute seeker of forbidden knowledge.

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She married adventure, but made it her own.

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“I am the sun, the star, the earl, the lion, the light from heaven and the Queen.”

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The aviatrix who taught Amelia Earhart how to fly.

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A tattooed, cigar-chomping, cross-dressing, knife-collecting speed demon.

He set a record that will not be broken until man finds water amongst the stars.

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The whore to Annie Oakley’s virgin in American myth.

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The clochard who chronicled freedom from the straight world.

His irrepressible optimism and perseverance outlasted his era.

His silence helps to preserve the moon’s mystique.

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The heiress-turned-aviatrix who conquered earth, sea, & air.

He’s still there because it’s there.

A notebook kind of writer.

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THOR HEYERDAHL (1914–2002) lived a long life, but so much was left…