Google unveils Street View imagery from Antarctica, including South Pole Telescope, Shackleton sites

Photo: Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery. (Google Street View)

Today, Google is launching access to a new collection of hi-res imagery from the Antarctic. In this post are some examples of those stunning vistas, shared with Boing Boing courtesy of Google. Alex Starns, Technical Program Manager for the Street View team, writes:

Back in September 2010, we launched the first Street View imagery of the Antarctic, enabling people from more habitable lands to see penguins in Antarctica for the first time. Today we’re bringing you additional panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations that you can view from the comfort of your homes. We’ll be posting this special collection to our World Wonders site, where you can learn more about the history of South Pole exploration.

With the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, we’ve added 360-imagery of many important spots, inside and out, such as the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton's hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole.

More about the project here. And more images below!

Photo: The Ceremonial South Pole. (Google Street View)

The interior of Shackleton’s Hut shows supplies used in early 20th Century Antarctic Expeditions. (Google Street View)

Photo: The South Pole Telescope. (Google Street View)

Photo: The South Pole Telescope. (Google Street View)

Photo: The South Pole Telescope. (Google Street View)

Photo: The South Pole Telescope. (Google Street View)


  1. Um. We’ve seen representations of penguins in the Antarctic before — some of them in moving video, even.

    1.  Mostly missing is the development of hard sites like McMurdoe which appear decidedly less idyllic and pristine, but no less fascinating to me.

  2. Still no 3D-Smell-o-vision though. Or pictures from inside an exploding volcano. Or of the Theatre of Pompey, Rome on March 15, 44 BC…   Meh.

  3. Shekelton was never on Antarctica mainland, isolated on the Shetland Island. 

    Tragic story of Shekelton crew, which survived the 2 winter chills thanks to Capt. Shekelton, were put in regular service immediately on return to England. 80 percent died in first 6 months of WWI.

  4. Cool pictures, but flipping to the map view reminds you why Mercator is a terrible view for the poles.  Heck the South Pole marker appears to be at 88′ S, you can’t even show 90′ S with Mercator. I’d love a map with a better projection for exploring Antarctica.

    1. If all the lines on a Mercator map continued to the South Pole, all you would see would be a big black dot, with fuzzy edges.  Ruin it for other tourists.   Tsk, tsk.  

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