100 years later, rare photographs from Robert Falcon Scott’s South Pole expedition between 1910 – 1912 give great insight to what this remarkable journey was like. These picture by photographer Herbert Ponting have been in the archives of National Geographic. At the time, the South Pole was the one last major piece of the world that remained to be explored. Upon Scott’s arrival he discovered that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had gotten there first, on December 14, 1911, just a few months before.
Photographer Herbert Ponting standing on an iceberg near McMurdo Sound, Antarctica in 1911
Robert Falcon's ship Terra Nova sailing to Antarctica in 1910 with 65 people, 33 dogs, 19 ponies, and 450 tons of coal.
While the Terra Nova was battling thick patches of sea ice, the crew napped in the sun
A picture of crew members eating lunch inside of a tent, taken shortly after the Terra Nova landed at Cape Evans in Antarctica.
Crew members give whiskey to a pony who had swam ashore after being stuck on an ice floe
Crew member uses an instrument called an artificial horizon to measure the earth's actual horizon.
Expedition members repair reindeer fur sleeping bags
Petty Officer Edgar Evans was one of the five chosen to take the final and most difficult part of the expedition.
Crew members staying warm by sitting in front of a seal-blubber stove
The men observed an occultation of Jupiter as well as other meteorological events such as the aurora borealis
Modeling was one the ways crew kept busy when during the dark winter months
Photographer Herbert Ponting gives an informative lecture on Japan to the crew
Science experiments in an ice hole
A Pianola player piano
From left to right, Lawrence Oates, Henry Bowers, Robert Scott, Edward Wilson, and Edgar Evans. They were the five to make the final and most difficult part of the expedition. All of them sadly died on the way back from exhaustion, being frost-bitten and having run out of supplies. They were eleven miles away from the camp.
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