Street View gets historical with 360-imagery of the Antarctic’s famous explorer locations [Video]
Almost two years after launching Street View imagery of the Antarctic, Google is now adding breathtaking, panoramic views of historic locations.
According to the official Google Blog:
- In the winter of 1913, a British newspaper ran an advertisement to promote the latest imperial expedition to Antarctica, apparently placed by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. It read, “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” While the ad appears apocryphal, the dangerous nature of the journey to the South Pole is certainly not—as explorers like Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott and Shackleton himself discovered as they tried to become the first men to reach it.
Google joined forces with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to capture 360-imagery—including interior, exterior, and landscape shots—of the explorers’ preserved camp sites.
The South Pole Telescope, Shackleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery, and the Ceremonial South Pole are now on Google Maps in stunning, high-resolution photography.
Check out a few screenshots below.