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The Greely Expedition

Season 23 Episode 5 | 52m 12s | Video has closed captioning.

An epic story of adventure, abandonment and human tragedy, The Greely Expedition tells of an 1881 scientific mission to the Arctic that ended with death and rumors of cannibalism.

Aired: 01/30/11

Expired: 02/04/22

Rating: TV-PG

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