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Pictures: Byrd Came Oh-So-Close, But Probably Didn’t Reach North Pole

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Byrd diary
Above: This diary from the archives of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University contains explorer Richard E. Byrd’s notes from several historic expeditions. Byrd used the diary like a notebook, recording events regardless of the page headings. So, while the page heading reads “Wednesday, January 14, 1925,” the notes are actually from Byrd’s flight to the North Pole on Sunday, May 9, 1926, and include Byrd’s instructions to pilot Floyd Bennett on that day. The page begins, “We should be at the pole now. Make a circle and I will take a picture.” Photo by Jo McCulty, courtesy of The Ohio State University.
Newsom
Above: Gerald Newsom, professor emeritus of astronomy at The Ohio State University, performed a new investigation into Richard E. Bird’s celestial navigation techniques for reaching the North Pole in 1926. Photo by Jo McCulty, courtesy of The Ohio State University.
Kissel Newsom Goerler
Above: On a visit to the university archives, Gerald Newsom (center), professor emeritus of astronomy at The Ohio State University, discusses evidence for Richard E. Byrd’s 1926 flight to the North Pole with archivist Laura Kissel (left) and former archivist Raimund Goerler (right). Photo by Jo McCulty, courtesy of The Ohio State University.
Byrd compass diary
Above: Richard E. Byrd’s solar compass and diary, from the archives of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University, provided evidence for a new investigation into Byrd’s controversial flight to the North Pole. Though the page heading reads “Tuesday, January 6, 1925,” the notes are actually from Byrd’s flight to the pole on Sunday, May 9, 1926. Photo by Jo McCulty, courtesy of The Ohio State University.

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