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The Return To Mawson's Antarctica - Part Four

29 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 06 January 2014

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition has been retracing the steps of the first expedition to East Antarctica, a century ago. Its leader was Douglas Mawson, one of the great figures of the heroic age of exploration of the frozen continent.
In the last of the programmes from the Antarctic, Andrew Luck-Baker reports on the 10 days the scientists, tourists and crew of the ship, the Academik Shokalskiy, spent locked in the ice and their eventual release via helicopters from a Chinese ice breaker to an Australian vessel.

  • Help arrives!

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    Rescue helicopter from the Xue Long arrives to transport stranded passengers to an ice floe next to the Australian vessel, the Aurora Australis.

  • Xue Long

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    The icebreaker Xue Long meets the same fate as the Akademi Shokalskiy as it also becomes trapped in the thick pack ice - as seen from the rescue helicopter.  photo credit Rob Birch.


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