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Russian sailors discovered Antarctica 200 years ago
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Russian sailors discovered Antarctica on January 28 twenty years ago, RIA Novosti reminds. The ships under the command of Thaddeus von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev docked to the shores of the last uncharted continent.
The historical expedition lasted 751 days, during this time the discoverers mapped 29 islands, traveled a route twice the length of the equator, and spent more than a hundred days in the ice. The Mirny and Vostok sloops returned to Kronstadt on August 5, 1821, they were personally met by Russian Emperor Alexander I.
In honor of the historical date, the research vessel of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimirsky arrived in Antarctica. Its crew will take part in events dedicated to the discovery of the southern continent. In addition, Russian sailors will study the seabed and coastline and conduct a lot of research.
Russkiy Mir reported that Russian scientists went on a round-the-world trip on the hydrographic vessel of the Navy Admiral Vladimirsky from Kronstadt on December 3, 2019. They dedicated the oceanographic expedition to the bicentennial anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Admiral Ivan Kruzenshtern. Having left Antarctica, by the beginning of summer they will return to their homeland through the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. On the way, Admiral Vladimirsky is calling at foreign ports to participate in memorial and educational events.
The expedition route was laid along the historical route of the Vostok and Mirny sloops.
On the same day, January 28, a ceremonial meeting will be held at the High Command of the Navy. Experts from the Russian Geographical Society, cadets, scientists, fleet veterans will take part in it.