Colossal Antarctic Cruiser Vanished in the Snow. Here's What Happened to It

Last seen: 1958.
Derya Ozdemir

Assume we're in the 1930s, and you've been tasked with engineering a vehicle capable of traversing Antarctica's freezing wastelands. Why? There is a global race to claim areas of Antarctica with the promise of massive oil, coal, and mineral reserves under the ice. So, where would you begin?

This is how the Antarctic Snow Cruiser was born. It was a 55 ft long, 20 ft wide (17-meter-long, 6-meter-wide) behemoth weighing more than 34 tonnes, It was designed to hold five explorers who worked and slept aboard while exploring the uncharted regions of Antarctica. In addition to all of the instruments and tools required for such a journey, the Snow Cruiser also carried a survey plane tied to its roof.

However, because it had to be built in just 11 weeks, it was over-designed and under-tested, resulting in a vehicle with many flaws that had to be overcome. If you want to learn more about it, watch the video embedded above, and as usual, have fun!

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