A team of Ukrainian researchers and technical specialists from the Antarctic station "Akademik Vernadskyi" arrived in Kyiv. The journey from the glacial continent to the capital of Ukraine lasted almost a month. This was reported in the National Antarctic Scientific Center.
During the year, the 27th UAE at the Akademik Vernadskyi station conducted research and observations in three main areas: geophysics, biology, meteorology, and also ensured the functioning of the station.
On April 7, the team departed from the Akademik Vernadskyi station to the Republic of South Africa on the Ukrainian research vessel "Noosphere". The ship arrived at the port of Cape Town on April 29, and from there the 27th UAE reached Kyiv by plane and land transport.
Together with the winterers, the participants of the seasonal expedition, who worked during the Antarctic summer, returned to Ukraine. This is, in particular, a team of technical specialists who performed urgent work on the modernization of the station.
Now, the 28th UAE, which will carry out its Antarctic mission next year, has started work at the "Akademik Vernadskyi" station.
“This was the first expedition we sent to the Akademik Vernadsky station during a full-scale war - they had to leave literally a week after the invasion began to replace colleagues from the 26th UAE. Some people miraculously managed to leave Kharkiv, Kyiv Oblast and other regions where hostilities were taking place. But the team got together, got to Antarctica and worked perfectly for a year. All tasks were completed by the expedition in full at a high level. And today we welcome their homes," emphasized the Director of the National Antarctic Scientific Center Yevhen Dyky.
"Before, we always met our expeditions very solemnly - with the participation of high-ranking guests and the media. In the conditions of a great war, unfortunately, the polar explorers do not return publicly, to the office of the National Center for National Research and Development, which was destroyed by a Russian rocket and has not yet been restored to the end. But we are convinced that soon the time will come again when we will all meet them together in our native "Boryspil", and "Noosphere" - in the port of Odesa. I thank our defenders, among whom are now 15 polar explorers, for bringing this time closer," said the head of the National Academy of Sciences.