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Monument to Bellingshausen and Lazarev to be installed in Antarctica
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A monument to the discoverers of Antarctica will appear on this continent, TASS reports. The staff of the next Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE), which embarked on a voyage from St. Petersburg on the "Akademik Fedorov" scientific vessel, will bring the monument to the continent. The current expedition will be the 66th in a row.
The bas-reliefs of Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev will be installed at the Novolazarevskaya Antarctic station. The ceremony will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica.
A year ago, a monument to the famous traveler Thaddeus Bellingshausen appeared in Antarctica. It was installed at the Russian station, which is named after the discoverer of the 6th continent. The sculpture by Alexei Leonov adorned the shore of King George Island (Waterloo). The guests of the ceremony were colleagues of the Russian polar explorers: employees of the Uruguayan, South Korean and other bases. According to Viktor Veledin, who heads the Russian Bellingshausen station, they all consider the installation of the monument to be a very important event. And the place for the monument was chosen through a competition that was held back in winter. After the ceremony, the first tradition associated with the monument was born - many tried to touch the sculpture "for luck", pat Bellingshausen on the shoulder.
The expedition is aimed at the material and technical supply of the Antarctic stations. The team is going to replace the Russian polar explorers.
A the moment, more than 100 stations operate in Antarctica. Russia has five year-round scientific stations in Antarctica and five seasonal ones. The Russian Antarctic Expedition is continuously working on the southernmost continent.