Antarctic weather balloon research, 1911

Antarctic weather balloon research, 1911

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Antarctic weather balloon research. British meteorologist George Simpson (1878-1965) and others on 7 April 1911 inflating a weather balloon with hydrogen gas during the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, the shore party of 7 officers, 12 scientists and 15 crewmen landed at Cape Evans in January 1911. They spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott and four others died in 1912 returning from their attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. Photograph by Herbert George Ponting.

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