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13 of history's greatest polar explorers

Nobu Shirase

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Nobu Shirase

This Japanese army officer led the Japanese Antarctic Expedition from 1910 to 1912. Shirase and his seven-man crew explored the Ross Ice Shelf and were the first people to make landfall on the King Edward VII Peninsula. At one point during the voyage, Shirase’s team unexpectedly ran into Roald Amundsen during his South Pole expedition.