Antarctic Expeditions

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Norway House, 3846 Meredith Dr, Fairfax, VA (directions
Potluck at 5 p.m. followed by presentation

Join us for a fascinating talk by Robert “Bob” Benson who, in 1957, was a scientific member of the first group to winter-over at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Bob will describe that winter and relate it to the earlier achievements of Norwegians like Roald Amundsen, who lead the first expedition to the South Pole, Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first to cross Greenland on skis and designed the ship Fram which he used for a three-year icebound drift in the polar ocean, and Kristin Birkeland, whom many consider the first space scientist.

Bob will also briefly describe current research at the U.S. South Pole Station and his own research at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Non-members are welcome. Children’s activities can be planned during the presentation if you email prior to the meeting. Send questions about the program to

Membership pins will be awarded to Mortimer and Gerd Datz (55 years each!), Jo Storaker (45 years), and Tom Skidmore (20 years). Congratulations and tusen takk for your many years of support!