Well, not really. There was only one Thor Heyerdahl, only one Kon-tiki. But they’re going to do it again. Not Heyerdahl. He died in 2002. This time it’s a team from Norway’s Environment Ministry in a similar raft but, “…it will showcase modern technology. The cabin roof will have solar panels affixed to it to generate electricity, and the raft will have satellite navigation and communications, and transmit Internet updates throughout the voyage, set to start April 28, 2005.”

Oh yeah, that duplicates the hardships of the original Peru-to-Polynesia voyagers quite well. Hopefully they’ll put a DVD player in it too. Wouldn’t want the crew to miss any good movies while they’re waiting for new e-mail….