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Google Doodle celebrates 105th anniversary of first expedition to South Pole

Roald Amundsen, who was born in 1872, became the first person to reach the South Pole.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
December 14, 2016 9:28:58 am
google doodle, google doodle today, first expedition to south pole google doodle, google doodle south pole first expedition, trending globally google doodle today, google doodle significance, indian express, indian express news, indian express trending, news The Doodle today shows the winds in the Antarctic whizzing past the tents of the explorers after they reached the South Pole, said Google. (Source: Google.com)

In December 1911, a Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, along with a group of other people and about 16 canines, reached the southern-most point of the planet Earth — the South Pole. Led by Amundsen, this became the first expedition to the extreme south of the planet. Today, Google Doodle celebrates the 105th anniversary of Amundsen and crew, having achieved this feat.

The Doodle on this day shows the winds in the Antarctic whizzing past the tents of the explorers after they reached the South Pole, said Google. Amundsen, who was born in 1872, became the first person to reach the South Pole.

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He was 25 years old when he began travelling. While initially, he had etched out plans to become the first person to reach the North Pole, but two other explorers Robert E Peary and Frederick Cook declared themselves the first instead, in April 1909.

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According to a report by The Independent, Amundsen did not reveal his mission to his crew until their ship had left its last port of call, because he did not want his supporters to back off at the end moment.

Amundsen is said to have died a mysterious death after his plane that was flying on a rescue mission and was believed to have crashed in the fog, killing him and his crew members. The bodies of the members couldn’t be located, despite the thorough efforts by the Norwegian government.

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