India'S Maiden South Pole Expedition Launched
The First Expedition to the South Pole by Indians is launched by Union Science and Technology Minister, Prithviraj Chavan, who flagged off the expedition on Monday Evening. The voyage which will last for a month and a half is started by a Team of Eight Scientists. This will be the first expedition by Indian Scientists and is a part of India’s ambition of drawing International Attention to its scientific presence in the region.
The scientists will first reach Maitri, which is India’s second permanent research station built in 1989 in Antarctica, where any military activity is banned and shall be used only as a scientific preserve and for established freedom of scientific investigation and environmental protection.
The team will return on December after conducting scientific research on climate change and will return with the samples of Air and Rock which will be evaluated in Goa Laboratory for further study.
The first South Pole expedition occurred a hundred years earlier. The South Pole, also known as the Geographic South Pole or Terrestrial South Pole, is one of the two points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects its surface is first reached by a Norwegian Roald Amundsen between 1910-12.