National Geographic : 1959 Jan
© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY A circled cross on sea ice marks earth's northern apex. Nautilus's voyage came almost half a cen tury after that historic day in April, 1909, when Comdr. Robert E. Peary and five companions became the first to stand atop the world. This photograph, the first to pinpoint the Pole from the air, was made in 1953 by Gilbert Grosvenor, then President of the National Geographic Society. He and Thomas W. McKnew, The Society's Secretary, retraced Peary's route by plane on an Air Force polar flight; they described their trip in the October, 1953, issue of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. Frosting on a cake baked for the celebration on reaching 90° N. reproduces Nautilus's polar flag.