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S.A. Andrée Attempts to Reach the North Pole by Balloon (1897) Options
Daemon
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S.A. Andrée Attempts to Reach the North Pole by Balloon (1897)

After gaining funding from the likes of King Oscar II and Alfred Nobel and generating widespread public interest, Swedish explorer Salomon August Andrée and two companions departed from Norway's Svalbard for the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. They flew for two days before a hydrogen leak grounded the balloon, forcing the poorly equipped trio to travel on pack ice. Three months later, the men reached the island of Kvitøya, where they eventually died. When was their last camp finally found? More...
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For 33 years the fate of the Andrée expedition remained one of the unsolved riddles of the Arctic. The chance discovery in 1930 of the expedition's last camp created a media sensation in Sweden, where the dead men were mourned and idolized.
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ANDRÉE AND THE AERONAUTS' VOYAGE TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD

Salomon August Andrée was reared in an age where men were measured by the breadth of their daring and the length of their mustaches and he intended to demonstrate that he was an impressive specimen in both respects. As an employee of the Swedish patent office he had established himself as a serious physicist and inventor, but he cemented his reputation for audacity by becoming a self-styled aeronaut--the pilot of manned hydrogen balloons. Balloons were the only mode of manned flight that existed in his day, but the persnickety gas bags were steered by the whims of the winds, which made them ineffective for anyone with a particular destination in mind.

Damn interesting! Read the article or listen to the podcast!! WOW!

http://www.damninteresting.com/andree-and-the-aeronauts-voyage-to-the-top-of-the-world/
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That damn King Oscar II !

Now all of you, our troubles for the day are over; after this comes tomorrow, the day after and the days that follow after - then RETRIBUTION...

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Reading the account of these men makes me think that men were definitely made of sterner stuff in days of yore!
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