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Polar explorer Roald Amundsen disappeared – 1928.

Polar explorer Roald Amundsen disappeared – 1928.

His fateful last expedition set out using a Latham 47 seaplane on a rescue operation towards the Arctic, to find the lost Italian airship Italia by explorer Umberto Nobile.

On June 18, 1928, the famous Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen disappeared without a trace. He had previously made a name for himself with an expedition in which he was the first researcher in history to conquer the South Pole (1911). In addition, he took part in the first expedition to cross the North Pole in history (1926), which is also considered the first expedition whose arrival to that pole is unquestionable (for earlier expeditions to the North Pole, it is questionable whether they really reached it). ). Amundsen, therefore, was famous before his disappearance as the conqueror of both poles of the Earth, and at the same time he was the first person in history to succeed in such a double venture.

His fatal last expedition, during which he disappeared, set out with a Latham 47 seaplane on a rescue operation towards the Arctic. Their goal was to find the lost Italian airplane Italia, which, under the leadership of Italian explorer Umberto Nobile, disappeared on its way back from the North Pole. Amundsen took off with a seaplane crew from the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, and it is assumed that their spacecraft then crashed in fog in the Barents Sea area, roughly between the said island and the North Pole. Although a rescue expedition was then organized behind them, none of the people traveling in that seaplane were found. Roald Amundsen was 55 at the time of his disappearance.

Subsequent searches for Amundsen’s downed aircraft were organized even in the 21st century, but also yielded no results. A monument to Amundsen, meanwhile, has been erected on the northern edge of the island of Spitsbergen, and a large polar station at the South Pole is named after him, as well as a massive crater on the Moon near the moon’s south pole. He is generally considered to be the leading polar explorer in all of human history.

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