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Chinese scientists leave for 26th Antarctica expedition

2009-10-11 05:24:20 GMT2009-10-11 13:24:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon" prepares to leave for China's 26th scientific expedition to the Antarctica, in Shanghai, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. Snow Dragon is the first and only polar exploration vessel China has ever manufactured. [Xinhua]

Icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon" is leaving for China's 26th scientific expedition to the Antarctica, in Shanghai, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. [Xinhua]

A child waves as icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon" is leaving for China's 26th scientific expedition to the Antarctica, in Shanghai, East China, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. [Xinhua]

Members of China's 26th Antarctic exploration team prepare to get on board the icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon" in Shanghai, Oct. 10, 2009. A team of 251 members on board the vessel leave for China's 26th Antarctic exploration on Sunday. [Xinhua]

SHANGHAI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- With hundreds of people waving hands and saying goodbye, Chinese scientists left Shanghai Sunday morning for the country's 26th scientific expedition to the Antarctica.

Chen Lianzeng, deputy director of the National Bureau of Oceanography (NBO), declared at 10:10 a.m. the start of China's 26th expedition to the Antarctica.

A group of 251 scientists, workers and logistics staff from China, Australia and Russia began the half-year-long research expedition in the icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon."

During the trip, two exploration teams would be sent to the inner land of Antarctica. One would head to China's Kunlun Station located at Dome A, the highest point on the continent at 4,093 meters above sea level, and the other to the Grove Mountains to select meteors and conduct other scientific projects.

The scientists were expected to return to Shanghai on April 10 next year.

China launched its first expedition to the Antarctic in 1984 and has set up three stations there.

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