Antarctica researchers “rescued” but still long way from home

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ANTARCTICA – They say home is where the heart is.

And for 52 people stuck in Antarctica since Christmas Eve, home is where the heat is.

The group of scientists, journalists, and tourists got trapped in one of the coldest places on earth when their Russian-flagged research ship became stuck in unusually thick ice between Antarctica and new Zealand.

Gusty winds and poor visibility contributed to three failed attempts to pluck them from the ice.

The research trip was to mark the 100-year anniversary of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson’s doomed Australasian Antarctic Expedition known as “the most terrible polar exploration ever.”

Mawson was the only survivor of his three-man team that was forced to eat their sled dogs.

Conditions were considerably better for these 21st century explorers who uploaded this song they wrote to wish everyone a happy new year.

Later, they joined arms to prepare a landing spot for the Chinese helicopter that was coming to rescue them.

The research team won’t be back in Australia until maybe next month, and you can bet they won’t be eating their dogs, unless they’re hot dogs.