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15 September — The explorer Marco Polo was born on this date in 1254. He was not the first westerner to travel the Silk Road through Asia, but he was the first to write and publish a detailed account of his 24 year journey along this route.
His travels eastward took him to China, Mongolia, and as far as present day Singapore. On his return route he traveled around India and Persia. Not only did his journey and subsequent book influence cartography, but his accounts of the societies he visited told of strange and wonderful things.
Polo described tree nuts the size of a man’s head (coconuts), stones that could consume fire (coal) and, most ludicrous of all, societies that used printed paper as a form of currency. On his deathbed in 1324, friends and family begged him to recant the “wild exaggerations” he told in his journal — so he could save his soul. Polo’s response was: "I have not told half of what I’ve seen." 
For nearly 250 years his journal was the only text available to Europeans that described the people and the cultures in that part of the world. 
A map showing the 15,000 mile route Marco Polo traveled during his 24 year long journey. 

perfectspecimens:

15 September — The explorer Marco Polo was born on this date in 1254. He was not the first westerner to travel the Silk Road through Asia, but he was the first to write and publish a detailed account of his 24 year journey along this route.

His travels eastward took him to China, Mongolia, and as far as present day Singapore. On his return route he traveled around India and Persia. Not only did his journey and subsequent book influence cartography, but his accounts of the societies he visited told of strange and wonderful things.

Polo described tree nuts the size of a man’s head (coconuts), stones that could consume fire (coal) and, most ludicrous of all, societies that used printed paper as a form of currency. On his deathbed in 1324, friends and family begged him to recant the “wild exaggerations” he told in his journal — so he could save his soul. Polo’s response was: "I have not told half of what I’ve seen." 

For nearly 250 years his journal was the only text available to Europeans that described the people and the cultures in that part of the world. 

A map showing the 15,000 mile route Marco Polo traveled during his 24 year long journey. 

(via fuckyeahcartography)

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sci-universe:

These both are images of the comet 67P/C-G (which will soon be the 1st comet to be landed on): one is the view from a ground-based telescope (VLT) and the other a close-up taken with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe navigation camera.

Rosetta is the mission which took a 10-year journey to its destination to unlock the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System.

Credit & copyright: C. Snodgrass/ESO/ESA, MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA