U Polar Geospatial Center provides Google Street View images of Antarctica

Rebecca Harrington

 Penguins and a handful of researchers used to be the only viewers of Antarctica — until today.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Polar Geospatial Center helped provide Google with images of historic points in Antarctica for Google Street View, which offers 360-degree pictures online.

Center research fellow Brad Herried took photos of famous Antarctic sites, including the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton’s hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery, Robert Falcon Scott’s hut and the McMurdo Research Station.

“This collaboration supports our ongoing efforts to map every corner of the world, and we hope people enjoy the breathtaking landscape that Antarctica, and its penguins, have to offer,” David Pablo Cohn, Senior Research Scientist at Google, said in a University news release.

 The huts Herried photographed were only intended for a few years of use, but they have withstood the harsh weather for a century

“To just visit a place like that is so interesting. Now I am able to share it with the world,” Herried said. “It makes me feel like I am part of their enduring legacy.”