Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Gaston Rébuffat atop the aiguille du Roc, Mont Blanc massif, France; ca.1944

This was photo was chosen to be included on the Golden Record on Voyager 1 and 2.

This was photo was chosen to be included on the Golden Record on Voyager 1 and 2.

Gaston Rébuffat was actually an instructor at a military school of mountaineering run by the 27th mountain infantry. In any case, the French government clearly appreciated his contribution to history because it awarded him the Légion d’honneur in 1984.

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