London, Sep 18 (ANI): British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to lead the first team on foot across the Antarctic in an expedition during the southern winter, the adventurer has confirmed.
The team will carry out readings and measurements for scientists, providing data on marine life, oceanography and meteorology.
"There is a huge, blank knowledge of the winter of Antarctica, what is happening to Antarctica during a period when the scientists can't normally get out there. Our caboose will be bristling with scientific instruments, for Nasa, for the European Space Agency," the Daily Mail quoted Fiennes, as saying.
According to the report, the 68-year-old will brave temperatures of minus 50C (minus 58F) during the expedition next year when his group will make the trip called the Coldest Journey On Earth. In some places temperatures are expected to be as low as -90C.
Fiennes is famous for taking part in the first successful circumnavigation via both the geographical poles, completed with Charles Burton in 1982, the paper said.
He also successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2009 at the age of 65, becoming the oldest Briton to achieve this feat, despite having a heart condition, a fear of heights, and a few missing fingertips after frostbite attacked his fingers so badly he performed a DIY mputation in his garden shed, it added. (ANI)