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L’Astrolabe completes first mission to Antarctica

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L’Astrolabe completes first mission to Antarctica

Science et Environnement

France’s new polar logistics and patrol vessel, delivered by the Piriou shipyard in Concarneau in September this year, completed her first mission to Antarctica in November. The L’Astrolabe, which replaces a vessel more than 30 years old, was specially designed to resupply the French scientific base known as Dumont d’Urville and the Franco-Italian base at Concordia. Both are occupied all year round by teams working on major science and climate research programmes. Dumont d'Urville can house 100 or so researchers and support personnel during the Antarctic summer and 25 to 35 during the long dark winter, while Concordia can accommodate 50 to 70 people during the summer and 13 to 15 during the winter.

 

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