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In October and November 1999, NOVA journeyed into ice-choked Antarctic waters and onto the shores of rugged Elephant and South Georgia Islands as we followed in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This legendary explorer's 1914-1916 Endurance expedition is one of the greatest survival stories of all time. Now we return to document Shackleton's final trial: the crossing of South Georgia by three of the world's most distinguished mountaineers, Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker and Stephen Venables. Follow the story as it unfolded in real-time on this Web site. Also, watch for a NOVA Giant Screen Film, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, currently in theaters as well as a NOVA program, "Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance," which is scheduled for broadcast on March 26, 2002.

Seized in the grip of the Weddell Sea pack ice, the Endurance enters her seventh month of captivity in August 1915. (Photo: Frank Hurley. Courtesy of The Macklin Collection; inset photo: Rob Meyer)

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