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Friday Fact #9: One of the greatest figures in the field of polar exploration


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Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of Polar Regions and a key figure of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

He was one of the greatest figures in the field of polar exploration. He studied medicine for a while and then took to sea.

He led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage in 1906, the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911, and flew over the North Pole in 1926.

He disappeared while taking part in a rescue mission for the airship Italia in 1928.