40th Indian Scientific Expedition To Antarctica

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40th Indian Scientific Expedition To Antarctica

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Sci & Tech; Achievements of Indians

In news

  • India launched the 40th scientific expedition to Antarctica.

Key takeaways 

  • This Indian expedition marks four decades of India’s scientific endeavour to the Antarctica.
  • The 40th expedition journey will be flagged off from Goa on January 5, 2021, with 43 members onboard.
  • The chartered ice-class vessel MV Vasiliy Golovnin will make this journey and will reach Antarctica in 30 days.
  • After leaving behind a team of 40 members, it would return to India in April 2021. 
  • On return, it will also bring back the winter team of the preceding trip.

Do you know?

  • The Indian Antarctic expeditions began in 1981. 
  • The Indian Antarctic programme has now been credited to have built three permanent research base stations in Antarctica—named Dakshin Gangotri, Maitri, and Bharati. 
  • As of today, India has two operational research stations in Antarctica named Maitri and Bharati.
  • The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, manages the entire Indian Antarctic program.

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