Sailing to the North Pole, they were looking for a missing airship and found plastic instead


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There is a nice exhibition in Cagliari, in S. Salvatore da Horta Street, 2 until November 30: it is called “82°07’Nord – sailing to the edge of the Pole, in the footsteps of the airship Italia,” and if you are in the area we recommend you go there.

The more than 30 images on display render the spectacular polar environment, right up to the edge of the ice shelf, at the record latitude of 82°07’North, in the Svalbard archipelago, sin Where the 18-meter aluminum Nanuq went. (a project of Peter Gallinelli, who was also the skipper), during the Polarquest2018 scientific expedition, in search of the airship Italia, the airship that flew over the North Pole in 1928 and then crashed for reasons that have never been fully clarified.

During this expedition, microplastic sampling and cosmic ray flux measurements were made for the first time. The expedition confirmed that the presence of plastic debris extends to remote Arctic waters.

Polarquest is the scientific expedition that began on July 21, 2018 aboard the 18-meter aluminum ketch Nanuq (zero-emission, with solar panels, wind turbines and hydro-generators), which ended Sept. 4 after circumnavigating the Svalbard archipelago to mark the 90th anniversary of the polar feat of Umberto Nobile aboard the airship Italia.

The sailboat traveled 3500 miles reaching the outer fringes of the polar ice pack at 82°07′ North latitude, under sailing conditions favored by an exceptionally warm summer and an ice-free sea.

On August 13, Nanuq reached the point (81°14’N 25°25’E) where the survivors took refuge in the red tent and from which the first SOS was sent by the radio operator of the airship Italia. Polarquest2018 celebrated for the first time in 90 years a ceremony in memory of the missing airship in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Info on the exhibition HERE

About PolarQuest HERE




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