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Icebreaker heads home after mission

China's only icebreaker will put into a local port on April 10 after completing another polar research mission and setting up China's third research station in the South Pole, local immigration police said yesterday.

The logistics base for the 167-meter Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, is located at Pudong's Waigaoqiao Port.

The icebreaker began its journey back from the South Pole on Monday after successfully completing the country's 25th scientific research mission there, police said. The return voyage will take about a month, police said.

The ship, carrying about 100 crew, has completed more than 40 scientific observations and experiments in the South Pole on climate, ecology, biology, astronomy and geology.


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