The last frontier


National Geographic Channel launches Explorer Top 125

FOR 125 years, National Geographic has been at the forefront in exploration, conservation and scientific research. But exploration is more than just climbing mountains and crossing oceans. It means asking tough questions, taking on challenges and relentlessly pushing toward the next frontier.

Exploration is also about getting involved, breaking down barriers and looking at the world in a whole new way.

To celebrate the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary, National Geographic Channel is launching Explorer Top 125. One night each week throughout  the year will be dedicated to the hot shots, the mavericks and the best in their field who have devoted their lives to exploring the world around us and the ground-breaking discoveries that are making a difference.

Explorer Top 125 will also feature exciting world-premieres as well as award-winning programmes. Luxury watch brand Rolex is joining National Geographic Channel as its global partner for Explorer Top 125.

Watch A New Age Of Exploration, A 125th Anniversary Special tomorrow at 10pm, followed by Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron. It features legendary National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Robert Ballard who discovered the location of the Titanic and emerging explorers like Albert Lin who used virtual reality and the latest advances in satellite imagery to “find and excavate” the lost tomb of Genghis Kahn — without removing a single stone.

Find out how surgeon Sam Bhayani is uniting man and machine to achieve super-human results in the battle against cancer. Watch intrepid virus hunters like Dr Gary Kobinger put their lives on the line to develop break-through biological weapons that could stop the deadly Ebola virus once and for all. Join storm chaser Tim Samaras on the ultimate dare-devil hunt for one of the most mysterious phenomena on our planet: Lightning. Then see how anthropologist and geneticist Spencer Wells and the Genographic Project are charting the incredible history of our ancestors one cheek swab at a time.

It also includes a variety of online initiatives for viewers so that they can change the world right in their own communities and across the planet.

Explorer Top 125 airs from tomorrow at 10pm on National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553).


Exciting explorations

Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron
Tomorrow, 11pm

Oscar-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence James Cameron leads the ultimate cold-case investigation into the legendary tragedy that claimed more than 1,500 lives. Combining underwater footage from over 30 dives to the wreck, historical records, eyewitness accounts and scenes from his 1997 feature film, the world’s foremost Titanic experts tries to answer baffling questions about how and why this supposedly “unsinkable” ship sank.

The Human Family Tree
Jan 19, 10pm

Regardless of race, country or creed, we can all trace our genetic lineage back some 60,000 years ago to the cradle of humanity in east Africa.
Join the Genographic team as they take random DNA samples from 200 New Yorkers to trace the ancestral footsteps of humanity and reveal just how inter-connected they really are.

Last Lioness
Jan 20, midnight

Lady Liuwa is the last lioness in the Liuwa Plain in Zambia, no thanks to illegal trophy hunting. For four years, cameraman Herbert Brauer watched her life unfold. In May, 2009, plans were made to introduce a male lion and hopefully, Lady Liuwa would no longer be alone.

Stonehenge Decoded
Jan 26, 10pm

For more than 4,500 years, it was shrouded in mystery. Now British archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson offers a ground-breaking theory on Stonehenge.  Pearson believes Stonehenge was built for the ancestors, a monument in stone to house the spirits of the dead.

The Two-Million-Year-Old Boy
Jan 26, 11pm

A 9-year-old boy made one of the greatest fossil finds of all time — the two-million-year-old skeleton of a pre-human boy. It threw everything we thought we knew about our own origins up in the air. As we explore the mystery of how a newly-discovered pre-human species lived and died, we may begin to answer the ultimate question of how we became human.

Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron will air tomorrow.

Last Lioness meets viewers on Jan 20.

Catch Stonehenge Decoded on Jan 26.

The Two-Million-Year-Old Boy will be aired in Jan 26.

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