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First arrivals of Cubans to Antarctica recalled

Havana, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The first arrivals of Cuban scientists to Antarctica, 40 years ago as a result of Cuban-Soviet expeditions, was recalled at a ceremony held at the "Oswaldo Guayasamin" Museum, in Havana, on Wednesday.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Department of Meteorology of the Higher Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences (InSTEC) at the University of Havana, recalled the three joint Cuban-Soviet expeditions conducted from 1982 to 1985.

Ricardo Morandeira, head of the Chair of Aerospace Studies, attached to that institution, noted how the Cuban scientists exceeded the expectations that were placed on them referring to their ability to live and work in that extremely cold, dangerous and inhospitable environment.

He also underscored the importance of the scientific work that began with these expeditions.

As part of the celebrations, a video taken by the first Cuban scientists who arrived in Antarctica, Antonio Nuñez Jimenez and Angel Graña Gonzalez, was screened.

Expedition members Angel Graña Gonzalez and Rigoberto Ayra Gutierrez participated in a lecture, at which they talked about their experiences during their work at the Molodyozhnaya research station, in Enderby Land, in East Antarctica.