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Mission Antarctic: Sedna IV

Mission Antarctic: Sedna IV

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The oceanographic sailing ship, SEDNA IV, is undertaking its most important scientific and film-making mission to date. Mission Antarctica is one of the largest expeditions of modern times. Its aim is to meet the challenge with you and become the largest awareness campaign about climate change and the other main environmental issues facing the planet.

The mission's objective is for the three-master SEDNA IV to sail to the edge of the ice fields at the South Pole and document the effects of climate change in the Antarctic, which is the place on Earth that has warmed the most in recent decades.

Sedna's course

After sailing through the Falkland Islands and spending nearly a month among the unusual wildlife of South Georgia, SEDNA IV will sail past the formidable Cape Horn en route for the last continent. In the wake of such great explorers as Scott, de Gerlach, Amundsen, and Shackleton, the crew will sail the three-master through the menacing ice floes that grip the Antarctic peninsula.

The crew will take advantage of the Antarctic summer to push on into the frozen continent while carrying on with their scientific quest. On the research bases of various countries operating in these latitudes, crewmembers will interact with scientists from all over the world to better understand the impact of changes now taking place. And when the majority of researches pack their bags and head home before winter sets in, our crew will stay behind, aware of the challenge, but devoted to the cause.

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