In keeping with the values of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and Shackleton himself, Expedition Antarctic Quest 21, will travel into the untrodden regions of the Antarctic Peninsula in order to undertake essential science and exploration.
You may know that Shackleton was a legendary leader who went to incredible lengths to save his crew, after their ship Endurance was crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. What many people don’t know is that, despite the truly incredible hardships Shackleton faced while saving his team, only a few years later, he went back to his beloved ice-covered continent onboard the MV Quest to carry out scientific research in the Shackleton-Rowett expedition.
Sadly, he never had chance to begin that science work. Shackleton died onboard the Quest shortly after they had reached South Georgia. It was an incredible blow to the expedition, but it was so much more than that; Shackleton was admired across the globe for all of his Antarctic exploits and the part he had played in unlocking the secrets of the Antarctic. His death is regarded as the end of the ‘Heroic Age’ of Polar Exploration.
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November – December 2021
Following the expedition launch, everyone involved will be available online to share latest updates on our training and preparation, and also answer questions from schools and students. Resources, vlogs, discussion boards and webinars will be freely available to everyone via the Antarctic Quest 21 LikeToBe profile.
January – February 2022
Live from Antarctica!! The expedition will post regular updates from the ice and will be conducting Q&A plus video updates on the science and what it is like to be in Antarctica.
January 7th - 1:30 PM-2:00 PM: Expedition Science webinar with Dr Charlotte Braungardt, Science Advisor for Antarctic Quest 21
Virtual welcome home and follow up science event to coinside with careers week.