MNN Galleries

14 of history's greatest polar explorers

By: Laura Moss on Dec. 27, 2018, 12:16 p.m.
Sir Edmund Hillary

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

12 of 16

Sir Edmund Hillary

He’s best known for being the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but Sir Edmund Hillary also made several expeditions to Antarctica. In 1958, Hilary led New Zealand’s Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition to the South Pole, becoming the first person to reach the pole since Scott and the third person to ever reach the pole. He also commentated aboard several Antarctic sightseeing tours, and in 1957 he accompanied the first plane to land at the Marble Point ground airstrip in Antarctica (pictured).