Right now, a science expedition to Antarctica is trapped in ice, waiting to be freed so they can continue exploring. They're just the latest group of humans to venture into the unpredictable, frozen world of the South Pole and beyond. Here are some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring images from over a century of icy exploration.

Gilbert Kerr, a member of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition plays the bagpipe for an indifferent penguin during the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904

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Grotto in an iceberg, photo taken during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913, on 5 Januay 1911, by Herbert Pointing

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A dreamy Venice in seal-land, taken during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition by Frank Hurley, between 1911 and 1914

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Wreck of the Gratitude on Macquarie Island, 1911

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Ice-crusted Adélie Penguins after a blizzard at Cape Dension, taken during the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, between 1911 and 1914

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Catch of the day: Whalers on South Georgia stand on the beach alongside their catch, 1912

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The "ice mask" of C. T. Madigan, taken during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition by Frank Hurley, between 1911 and 1914

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Herbert George Pointing and his telephoto apparatus, Antarctica, January 1912

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Playing football on ice, taken during Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition between 1914 and 1917. Photo by Frank Hurley.

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Mawson and men at Christmas dinner with menu and balloons, on board the S.Y. Discovery in Antarctica, 1930

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Feeding polar bears from on top of a tank, Russia, c. 1950

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Feeding polar bears with a tin of condensed milk, 1950s

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"The nearest phone booth is at the corner of Mitchell St. at Busselton road, Fremantle, WA, 2400 miles away" – Group Captain S.A. Campbell (centre) officially opening the first Australian Post Office to be set up in Antarctica on Heard Island, c. 1955

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Free hugs during The First Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1955, shortly before the USSR have built the Mirny station

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A Tucker Sno-Cat balanced precariously over a crevice, during the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958

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The southernmost Lenin statue of the world near a temporary Soviet base on The Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, the point on the Antarctic continent most distant from the Southern Ocean, 1958

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