A British expedition to Antarctica says it has succeeded in establishing a new record - the fastest land crossing of the southernmost continent. The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition said the 10-man team had completed the crossing in under 13 days, smashing all previous records. The total distance covered was 1,945.9km in 303 hours.
A team of explorers, mechanics and scientists has arrived in Antarctica ahead of an epic attempt to cross the frozen continent by land.The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition hopes to establish a new record for the crossing and will conduct a range of scientific experiments en route.They will collect samples of snow to test for trace metals, to track the passage of pollutants within the southern hemisphere.The crew has also been given specialist training to help them spot potential meteorite samples on the ice.
The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition will travel 3,600 miles across Antarctica. The Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle will lead the way with two science support vehicles carrying the team and state of the art monitoring and measuring technology from Imperial College London.