• Antarctic Quest 21

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    “What is a Dream, If Not A Blueprint for Courageous Action”

    A Commemoration of the Life of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

  • The Expedition

    Read about the Antarctic Quest 21 Expedition Objectives, Logistics, and Historical Context

  • The Science

    The Expedition Team will be conducting important scientific research into climate change, microplastic pollution, and much more.

  • Educational Outreach

    Deputy Leader Antony Jinman is connecting the Expedition to schools and classrooms around the world via Like To Be Ltd.

  • Live Expedition Updates

    You can follow the expedition LIVE as the publish blog posts from Antarctica using a satellite communications technology.

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Honouring Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

The team marks the centenary of the death of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15/02/1874 – 05/01/1922)

The Antarctic Quest 21 Expedition was named to honour the legacy and spirit of Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions: courage, endeavour, exploration and science.

On January 5th 2022 at midday GMT the team took part in a livestreamed commemoration service held on the Antarctic Peninsula. Thank you to everyone who joined us! You can view the entire livestream in the video below.

Antarctic Quest 21

The Antarctic Quest 21 expedition commemorates the iconic explorer and leader, Sir Ernest Shackleton, in the centenary year of his final expedition to the Antarctic.

All discovery starts with first steps and in the case of Antarctica, these were made during the ‘Heroic Age’ of polar exploration in the 19th and 20th century. Many of the expeditions at that time recorded scientific observations and brought back specimens, providing information of an environment unperturbed by human impact. 

Little did the early explores know that they laid the foundations of Antarctic science that has become so crucial for predicting our future in the age of manmade climate change some 200 years later. In that spirit, Antarctic Quest 21 celebrates and continues the legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Expedition Updates

Sampling Metals in the Snow Pack

What actually does ‘doing science’ mean for the team? This video explains how ‘team science’ Cat Cameron and Martin Densham take samples for the analysis of metal concentrations in the snow pack.

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Important Dates

15th December 2021

Expedition Begins

The expedition team will travel from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, arriving on the continent on 15th December when their expedition into unexplored territory will begin. 

5th January 2022

Shackleton Commemoration

This expedition is inspired by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, who was born February 15, 1874 and who died on January 5th 1922. The team will hold a commemorative event to honour his life. 

Early February

Welcome Home

All going well the team will be home around the 1st or 2nd February. There will be some welcome home parties and online events to celebrate what we hope will have been a successful expedition! 

Schools and classrooms around the world can engage with custom educational content, webinars and Q&As during and after the expedition delivered by Like to Be Ltd.

The expedition is supporting international scientific projects through daily observations, installation of equipment, sampling of snow and undertaking measurements.

Expedition Sponsors

All of our sponsors and associates are displayed here, but we wanted to give special thanks to our main sponsors below.