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Polar pod, Jean-Louis Étienne's new challenge


REPORT - Driven by the circumpolar current like a satellite around Antarctica, this oceanographic platform will be launched at the end of 2023 for two world tours in the Southern Ocean until 2026. Objective: to unlock the secrets of this essential ecosystem for the climate.

To christen his new supply ship, a schooner intended to serve as a link between the inhabited oceanographic platform Polar Pod and the rest of the world, Jean-Louis Étienne could not find better than



A name that recalls that of the great exploration ships, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton's



James Cook's




), and underlines, not without a certain irony, all the stubbornness with which the doctor and tireless French explorer, now 76 years old, will have had to show proof in order to achieve against all odds one of his greatest dreams.

Because the adventure had started badly.

On November 29, 2012 in Brest, when he presented during a press conference his next expedition, a year of exploration in the heart of the Southern Ocean aboard Polar Pod, a "vessel of a




particularly well suited for scientific research and sailing in the big ocean swell, everything seems perfect.


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Source: lefigaro

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