Celebrating Pole Day
British Antarctic Survey fieldcamp on Pine Island Glacier
Today is Pole Day, celebrating 100 years since Robert Falcon Scott and his team reached the South Pole. Though his expedition ended in tragedy, Scott's journey has inspired generations of polar scientists and explorers.
This week scientists and support staff at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will be commemorating the event, and BAS has contributed to two exhibitions which open in London this week.
Visitors to 'Scott's Last Expedition' at the Natural History Museum can see objects used by Scott and his team, including their diaries.
'With Scott to the Pole: the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913', at the Royal Geographical Society, contrasts modern Antarctic exploration to that of Scott's day, with photographs of the expedition alongside pictures of modern-day science being carried out by BAS.
Message from the PM
To mark the anniversary and celebrate Britain's continuing achievements in Arctic and Antarctic research, the UK's prime minister David Cameron sends a message of support to polar scientists.
Posted on 17 January 2012
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