When astronaut Scott Parazynski stands atop Mt. Everest in a few days, he will be making note of a number of non-profit and educational organizations - among them the Explorers Club. With him will be a small Explorers Club flag. A full sized flag (#114) will remain at Everest Base Camp.
According to the Explorers Club website: "Every year Explorers Club members launch new research expeditions around the world, thus continuing the early goals laid down by the Club's founders in 1904. The Explorers Club flag represents a history of courage and accomplishment and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions since 1918. Flag expeditions fulfill a fundamental part of the Club's mission: To engage in scientific exploration and share the results.
Carrying the flag is a great honor and privilege that is shared with many famous members. A numbered Club Flag may be awarded on loan to an individual member who is taking an active part in a non-commercial field research expedition."
Image: Explorers Club Flag #114
History of Explorers Club flag #114
Explorers Club flags have been to the moon, aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station. Another flag will be carried aloft by commercial space traveller and Explorers Club Fellow Richard Garriott (FN'98) in October 2008.
Image: Flags that have been in space on display at the Explorers Club. Click on image to enlarge - so you can read Jim Lovell's letter of explanation regarding Apollo 13.
In 2007 Astronaut Leroy Chiao (FN'05) and myself (FN'07) took a flag to Devon Island. Surgeon and Everest climber Ken Kamler (FR'84) took a flag to NEEMO 12 (the same one we took to Devon Island) and then took another flag on a parabolic flight doing weightless robotic surgery.
Image: Explorers Club flag on Devon Island, Summer 2007. Story.