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              China's polar icebreakers back home after 36th Antarctica expedition

              (Xinhua)    09:47, April 24, 2020

              SHANGHAI, April 23 (Xinhua) -- China's research icebreakers Xuelong and Xuelong 2 returned to Shanghai Thursday, marking the completion of the country's 36th expedition to the Antarctic.

              The two icebreakers sailed more than 70,000 nautical miles during the 198-day expedition. Scientists abroad have completed 62 tasks, including land scientific research, and the survey of Ross Sea and other ocean areas, according to a source of the expedition team.

              It was the first Antarctica expedition undertaken by the two icebreakers at the same time, as well as the first one for Xuelong 2.

              Xuelong 2 is China's first domestically-built research icebreaker. The expedition proves that its two-way icebreaking capacity meets the requirement of the design, and that the sophisticated scientific equipment on board has greatly improved China's polar research capabilities and efficiency, the source said.

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