Lead: By October 1911, early spring in Antarctica, two expeditions, separated by 400 miles of ice, were ready to begin their assault on the South Pole. One would make it. One would not.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: On October 20th, the four-man party led by Norwegian Roald Amundsen, an experienced arctic explorer, with four sledges pulled by 52 dogs, began its journey. Twelve days later the team led by Robert Falcon Scott, Amundsen's rival, began its trek borne by dogs, Siberian ponies, and motorized sledges. Scott knew of his competitor but he was confident that he would bring home the honor to England of being the first to reach the South Pole. Having led a prior scientific expedition to Antarctica and coming within 400 miles of the pole Scott had a reputation as a careful and meticulous naval officer. He was a popular figure at home and most anticipated that he would be the victor.

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