Chasing Venus

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In 1769, Captain Cook took command of the HMS Endeavor, setting sail for the Pacific to study the passage of the planet Venus across the disc of the Sun. Little did the world know, this was a ruse for cook’s true objective: He’d been commissioned by the British to find the mysterious and elusive “Southern Continent”. On this voyage, Cook became the first European to explore New Zealand, and he did eventually sail on to Australia. Quite the accomplishment for a captain who was just out Chasing Venus.