Google is celebrating the 105th anniversary of first expedition to reach the South Pole
Google Doodle is today celebrating the 105th anniversary of first expedition to reach the South Pole. The doodle has depicted Roald Amundsen and his team at the finish line.
Notably, on December 14, 1911 humans reached the South Pole for the first time and today Google has changed the doodle to mark the 105th anniversary of that milestone.
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Here are few important facts the milestone
- It was Roald Amundsen who reached South Pole. He led a team of 19 people and almost 100 Greenland sled dogs to trudge through the sweeping Antarctic terrain to reach the bottom of the world.
- The key to team success was use of sled dogs and skis to journey across the treacherous landscape
- Google describes the doodle as depicting “the crew at the finish line, taking a moment to bask in the glory while the Antarctic wind whips outside their tent.”
- Notably, Amundsen, known as the last of Vikings”, and his team reached the South Pole 33 days before a rival British team led by navy captain Robert Scott
- Roald Amundsen secretly set out for the South Pole after being beat to the North Pole
- Amundsen and his men smoked victory cigars, and left behind a note for Scott after reaching the Pole
Amundsen died in year 1928 at the age of 55 after disappearing in a likely plane crash during a rescue mission in the Arctic, according to History.com.
Interestingly, the permanent scientific base at the South Pole now bears the names of both Amundsen and Scott.
The base was established in October 1956, which was the first time humans set foot at the South Pole following the journeys of Scott and Amundsen.