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The National Geographic Society, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history. 

The National Geographic Society began as a club for an elite group of academics and wealthy patrons interested in travel.

a day in history : January 13, 1888

On this day in history, 33 explorers and scientists gathered at the Cosmos Club, a private club then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge."

After preparing a constitution and a plan of organization, the National Geographic Society was incorporated two weeks later on January 27. Gardiner Greene Hubbard became its first president and his son-in-law, Alexander Graham Bell, succeeded him in 1897. In 1899, Bell's son-in-law Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor was named the first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine and served the organization for fifty-five years (until 1954), and members of the Grosvenor family have played important roles in the organization since. Bell and Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor devised the successful marketing notion of Society membership and the first major use of photographs to tell stories in magazines.

National Geographic's various media properties reach more than 280 million people monthly. It maintains a museum for the public in its Washington, D.C., headquarters. It has helped to sponsor popular traveling exhibits, such as an early 2010s King Tut exhibit featuring magnificent artifacts from the tomb of the young Egyptian Pharaoh; The Cultural Treasures of Afghanistan which opened in May 2008 and traveled to other cities for 18 months; and an exhibition of China's Terracotta Warriors in its Washington headquarters in 2009–10.


Source Image: NASA ISS047-E-65670 Handheld from International Space Station Focal Length: 1150mm

Source Image: NASA ISS047-E-65670
Handheld from International Space Station
Focal Length: 1150mm

Raw Version of Orbital Intersection ISS Overlay & Satellite Basemap

Raw Version of Orbital Intersection
ISS Overlay & Satellite Basemap

Image Timestamp: 2016-04-16 18:10:18 UTC ISS Nadir position: 38.12°N, 73.69°W (Atlantic Ocean) Image Geolocation: 38.9°N, 77.1°W (Washington D.C.)

Image Timestamp: 2016-04-16 18:10:18 UTC
ISS Nadir position: 38.12°N, 73.69°W (Atlantic Ocean)
Image Geolocation: 38.9°N, 77.1°W (Washington D.C.)

SOURCE DATA

  • Geo-Historical Text : Wikipedia
  • Calculations : WolframAlpha Pro
  • Satellite Imagery: ESRI ArcGIS
  • Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson