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"Unveiling the Unknown: A Journey through Time and Terrain" Embarking on a voyage of discovery, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail in 1845

Background imageExploration Collection: Shackleton / Wild / Adams

Shackleton / Wild / Adams
Ernest Shackletons expedition reached within 100 miles of the South Pole. Shackleton, Wild and Adams 178 kilometres from the South Pole

Background imageExploration Collection: Mountaineers and climbers, Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute Savoie

Mountaineers and climbers, Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, French Alps, France, Europe

Background imageExploration Collection: Trail between Namche Bazaar and Everest View Hotel, with Mt. Thamserku behind

Trail between Namche Bazaar and Everest View Hotel, with Mt. Thamserku behind, Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nepal, Himalayas, Asia

Background imageExploration Collection: The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA
The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V

Background imageExploration Collection: Political Map of Africa

Political Map of Africa
Vector Illustration of the policital map of Africa Reference map as created by the US Central Intelligence Agency

Background imageExploration Collection: SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008). New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. Sir Edmund Hillary

SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008). New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay near the summit of Mount Everest, 28 May 1953

Background imageExploration Collection: HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1845

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1845
Engraving showing HMS Erebus (left) and HMS Terror, pictured on the River Thames, 1845. In 1845 the British Admiralty sent two polar exploration ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Background imageExploration Collection: Earthrise photograph, artwork

Earthrise photograph, artwork
Earthrise photograph. Artwork based on the famous Earthrise photographs taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and William Anders

Background imageExploration Collection: Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip

Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip
The Erebus and Terror leave England on the Franklin polar expedition, never to return

Background imageExploration Collection: Map Darwins Beagle Voyage South America

Map Darwins Beagle Voyage South America
Map of the World with Voyage of the Beagle coloured in red. Appendix from " The Voyage of HMS Beagle" by Charles Darwin (Cover Title) New Edition 1890 John Murray Publishers

Background imageExploration Collection: HMS Beagle Ship laid up Darwins Voyage

HMS Beagle Ship laid up Darwins Voyage
" Beagle laid ashore, River Santa Cruz". Copperplate engraving, art by Conrad Martens, engraved by T. Landseer. Published by H. Colburn 1838

Background imageExploration Collection: Viking ship at sea

Viking ship at sea
Norsemen at sea following their raven pilot. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Frys Cocoa Advert

Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Frys Cocoa Advert
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), the English naval commander and explorer. A Captain in the Royal Navy, Scott led a number of expeditions to the Antarctic

Background imageExploration Collection: Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror, 1845

Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror, 1845
Engraving of Captain Francis Crozier (1796-1848) of HMS Terror, pictured shortly before departing on the ill-fated Franklin Arctic expedition of 1845

Background imageExploration Collection: British Empire world map, 19th century

British Empire world map, 19th century
British Empire world map. This world map shows the 19th-century British Empire (pink) and its indigenous peoples. Five illustrations (clockwise from upper left) show the people of Australia

Background imageExploration Collection: The Scout, Every Boys Weekly front cover

The Scout, Every Boys Weekly front cover
Front cover of The Scout magazine, the " only weekly official organ of the boy scouts" featuring two enthusiastic and earnest looking boy scouts reading a map while out on a hike

Background imageExploration Collection: 1794, Delisle Map of Southern Ancient Greece, Greeks Isles, and Crete, topography

1794, Delisle Map of Southern Ancient Greece, Greeks Isles, and Crete, topography
1794, Delisle Map of Southern Ancient Greece, Greeks Isles, and Crete

Background imageExploration Collection: 1768, James Craig Map of New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, First Plan of New Town, topography

1768, James Craig Map of New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, First Plan of New Town, topography
1768, James Craig Map of New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, First Plan of New Town

Background imageExploration Collection: Astronaut on Moon with Earth

Astronaut on Moon with Earth

Background imageExploration Collection: Amazing Crab Nebula

Amazing Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova noted by Earth-bound chroniclers in 1054 A.D. is filled with mysterious filaments that are are not only tremendously complex

Background imageExploration Collection: Apollo 17 astronaut

Apollo 17 astronaut. US astronaut and geologist Dr Harrison Schmitt exploring the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, as part of NASAs Apollo 17 mission

Background imageExploration Collection: Astronaut footprints on the Moon

Astronaut footprints on the Moon. Computer artwork recreating a photograph of boot imprints left by astronauts on the Moon

Background imageExploration Collection: Durers world map, 1515

Durers world map, 1515. Albrecht Durer (1471- 1528) was a German artist. His skillful use of perspective and mathematical proportions made him one of the outstanding artistic figures of the early

Background imageExploration Collection: Curiosity rover, artwork

Curiosity rover, artwork
NASAs next Mars rover, the Curiosity Rover, will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planets Gale Crater. Launch is palneed for November/ December 2011

Background imageExploration Collection: APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon

APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon. Neil Armstrong and Eagle reflected in his visor
APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon. Armstrong and Eagle reflected in his visor, 20 July 1969

Background imageExploration Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background imageExploration Collection: Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers

Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers
A map of Africa which illustrates the travels of the explorers Livingstone, Stanley and Cameron

Background imageExploration Collection: 1886, Telescopic View and Map of the Moon, topography, cartography, geography, land

1886, Telescopic View and Map of the Moon, topography, cartography, geography, land
1886, Telescopic View and Map of the Moon

Background imageExploration Collection: COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery

COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery. Watercolor by Midshipman Henry Roberts, a member of the ships company

Background imageExploration Collection: Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova

Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912), British polar explorer and leader of the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, pictured in his work room on board the Terra Nova

Background imageExploration Collection: Derrick Floor of an oil rig, Iran

Derrick Floor of an oil rig, Iran
Derrick Floor of an oil drilling rig, Iran

Background imageExploration Collection: Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers

Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers
A map of Africa which illustrates the travels of Livingstone, Stanley and Cameron. Date: 19th Century

Background imageExploration Collection: Map of Europe, 1600

Map of Europe, 1600
16th century map of Europe. Published in Sienna in 1600, this Italian map shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background imageExploration Collection: Saturns rings, Cassini image

Saturns rings, Cassini image. The rings consist of particles of nearly pure water ice and meteoric dust and span almost 300, 000 kilometres

Background imageExploration Collection: Political map of The Middle East

Political map of The Middle East
Vector illustration of the policital map of The Middle East Reference map was created by the US Central Intelligence Agency

Background imageExploration Collection: Hot air balloon over the Temples of Bagan at dawn, Myanmar, November 2012

Hot air balloon over the Temples of Bagan at dawn, Myanmar, November 2012

Background imageExploration Collection: Map of Antarctica overlaid with illustrations of Sea Gulls, Penguins, Elephant Seal

Map of Antarctica overlaid with illustrations of Sea Gulls, Penguins, Elephant Seal, Shrimp and buildings

Background imageExploration Collection: A sperm whale family swimming together

A sperm whale family swimming together
A sperm whale family swims together while sharing a close bond between them

Background imageExploration Collection: Shackleton / Sledging / 1908

Shackleton / Sledging / 1908
Ernest Shackletons expedition reached within 100 miles of the South Pole. Relaying sledges over the rough terrain. Date: 1908

Background imageExploration Collection: Martian landscape, Spirit rover image

Martian landscape, Spirit rover image
Martian landscape. False-colour image of the Martian surface taken by NASAs Mars exploration rover Spirit between the 23rd and 24th November 2005. Part of the rover can be seen at bottom centre

Background imageExploration Collection: FRANKLIN'S WRITING

FRANKLIN'S WRITING
Document transcribed by Sir John Franklin stating that H.M.S Erebus & Terror wintered in the ice at Beechey Island. Informs of his death & signed by Capt.s Crozier & Fitzjames. Date: 28 May 1847

Background imageExploration Collection: Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders

Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders
Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit

Background imageExploration Collection: Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, pub. 1864. Creator: Thomas Baines (1820-75)

Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, pub. 1864. Creator: Thomas Baines (1820-75)
Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, from Explorations in South West Africa, pub. 1864 (colour lithograph). made in collaboration with James Chapman (1831-1872)

Background imageExploration Collection: World map from 1520

World map from 1520
Western hemisphere of the Johannes SchAoner globe from 1520. expedition

Background imageExploration Collection: Ancient History - Map of Alexander the Great Campaigns

Ancient History - Map of Alexander the Great Campaigns
Vintage engraving of a map of the campaigns and marches of Alexander the Great

Background imageExploration Collection: Annie Peck masked and dressed for climbing

Annie Peck masked and dressed for climbing
Annie Smith Peck (October 19, 1850 July 18, 1935), American mountaineer pictured in her climbing outfit at the time she had scaled Mount Huascan

Background imageExploration Collection: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, polar explorer

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, polar explorer
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 - 1922), Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer. Seen here at the age of 40 in windproof garments

Background imageExploration Collection: Sir Ernest Shackleton and others, Antarctic

Sir Ernest Shackleton and others, Antarctic
Sir Ernest Shackleton and three members of a polar exploration party, photographed within 111 miles of the South Pole in 1907-9 on board the Nimrod



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"Unveiling the Unknown: A Journey through Time and Terrain" Embarking on a voyage of discovery, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail in 1845, their mission shrouded in mystery. As they ventured into uncharted waters, these vessels became symbols of exploration's relentless pursuit. Across distant lands, explorers like Sir Edmund Hillary left indelible marks on history. Scaling the majestic Mount Everest alongside Tenzing Norgay in 1953, they reached new heights both literally and metaphorically. Their triumph echoed throughout time as a testament to human resilience. Yet not all expeditions ended with glory. The ill-fated journey of Erebus and Terror marked Franklin's last endeavor, forever etched in maritime lore. These ships vanished into icy depths, leaving behind tales of bravery amidst treacherous conditions. In a single snapshot captured from space, the Earthrise photograph revealed our planet's fragility against the vastness of space—a reminder that exploration extends beyond earthly boundaries. Heroes emerged from adversity; Shackleton, Wild, and Adams defied nature's wrath during their Antarctic expedition—an epic tale of survival against all odds. The HMS Beagle Ship laid up after Darwin's transformative voyage—its significance imprinted upon scientific progress forevermore. This vessel carried ideas that challenged conventions and reshaped our understanding of life itself. Maps unfolded before us like portals to unknown territories—the British Empire world map depicted an era when exploration expanded horizons far beyond imagination. From ancient Viking ships sailing turbulent seas to Captain Francis Crozier leading his crew aboard HMS Terror—exploration coursed through veins filled with courage and determination. Even within city limits lay untrodden paths waiting to be discovered—the James Craig Map showcased Edinburgh's New Town emerging from topographical dreams into reality—an urban landscape born out of innovation and vision.