The Lost Franklin Expedition – Part 1

Sir John Franklin

In 1845, Sir John Franklin lead two ships into the Arctic in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. The ships and crew were the finest England had to offer. However, after heading into Lancaster Sound – the entrance to the Passage – neither ship would be seen again.

In part 1 of 2 of the Lost Franklin Expedition, we find out about Franklin, his crew, and the preparations for his historic journey. We then take the expedition to the Arctic – and into a morass of islands, ice, snow and danger.

A painting by Admiral Sir George Back showing HMS Terror anchored near a cathedral-like iceberg in the waters around Baffin Island.

Map showing the general route that Franklin and his ships – Erebus and Terror – took on their journey into the Arctic.

Map courtesy of Smurftrooper – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=78587961

Apollo 11 – The Moon Landing – Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin

In July of 1969, three astronauts on board Apollo 11 rocketed into space. The result would be one of the greatest achievements in exploration in history – the landing – and walking – on the moon.

This episode chronicles the events of the moon landing, focusing on the three astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

Also, regarding this episode. The Explorers Podcast would like to give a huge thank you to Mr. Ross Arbour. Ross is a fan of the show, and a history buff. Ross, who is a news writer in Canada, offered to write the script for this episode – and we were thrilled with the result. So thanks to friend of the podcast Ross Arbour, who made this episode possible.

Sources

  • Apollo Expeditions to the Moon – NASA
  • A Man on the Moon: Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts – Andrew Chaikin
  • Magnificent Desolation – Buzz Aldrin
  • Carrying the Fire – Michael Collins
  • First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong – James Hansen
  • NASA History Office NASA.gov 
  • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum smithsonian.org
  • Air & Space Magazine airspacemag.com
  • Apollo 11 – CCN Films & Neon Films
  • 13 Minutes to the Moon – BBC Radio

Image Gallery

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.