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China's icebreaker sets sail for Antarctic

(People's Daily Online)

17:17, November 04, 2011

On Nov. 3, the Antarctic research expedition team waves goodbye. (Xinhua/Zhang Chaoqun)

Edited and translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.4 (People's Daily Online) --At 11 a.m. of Nov. 3, China's new icebreaker ship set sail in Tianjin to start a 157-day Antarctic research expedition.

After setting sail, the new icebreaker will conduct scientific research in ocean exploration and Xuelong will focus on delivering supplies, scientific research equipment and people to the polar stations. The range of this expedition will cover 31,000 nautical miles.

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