2nd Soviet Antarctic Expedition

2nd Soviet Antarctic Expedition

The Second Soviet Antarctic Expedition was led by Aleksei Treshnikov on the continent; the marine expedition n the "Ob" was led by I. V. Maksimov. The "Ob" left Kaliningrad on 7 November, 1956.

Three ships were used to transport the expedition, all diesel-electric. The two main ships were as for the first expedition: RV "Ob" (flagship; captain I. A. Man) and RV "Lena" (captain A. I. Vetrov). The third ship was "Kooperatsiya" (captain A. S. Yantselevich), used mainly as a transport vessel.

The tasks of the expedition were:

# Relief of the first expedition
# Full scale scientific work for the IGY
# Organisation of two IGY scientific stations near the south geomagnetic pole and pole of relative inaccessibility
# An inland tractor-sledge traverse for glaciology
# Oceanography


* A V Nudel Man "Soviet Antarctic Expeditions 1955-1959", Izdatel'stvo Akademii Nauk SSSR, Moskva, 1959 (translated from the Russian by the Israel program for scientific translations, Jerusalem, 1966 for the National Science Foundation).

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