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Who was Robert Falcon Scott?

Captain Scott in polar gearCaptain Scott in polar gearOn 17th January 1912, members of the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, reached the South Pole. Hoping to be the first people to get there, Scott and his companions were devastated to find that a party from Norway, led by Captain Roald Amundsen, had beaten them to it. His men had endured a tough journey across the icy continent of Antarctica. Now they faced a long and difficult return trek to their base camp. But tragedy would soon follow.


 

Arrival in Antarctica

The British Antarctic Expedition, consisting of 65 men, set sail on the Terra Nova from London on 1st June 1910. They were to carry out important scientific research, but Scott knew what he wanted to do most of all: to reach "the remotest place on Earth, and its southernmost point, first."
 

Scott's Antarctic Expedition was a 2600-kilometre (1600-mile) return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. This was about the same distance as that from the surface of the Earth to its core.

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