The incredible story of the balloon expedition to the North Pole

For obvious reasons, S. A. Andrée’s balloon polar expedition of 1897 seems foolhardy and doomed to failure in modern times. The aim was to cross over the North Pole in 43 hours in a hydrogen balloon then journey on to land, but it was the age of polar exploration, of new engineering marvels and with the financial support of the Swedish King Oscar II and Alfred Nobel anything must have appeared possible. But S. A. Andrée was a Swedish engineer, not a polar explorer, captivated by balloons since the Chicago…

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