The research vessel Polarstern

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Polarstern arriving at Reykjavik © flickr.com - Bruce McAdam

Polarstern arriving at Reykjavik © flickr.com – Bruce McAdam

Reasearch vessel Polarstern (meaning pole star) is a German research icebreaker of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. The Polarstern was commissioned in 1982 and is mainly used for research in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Polarstern was built by the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft at Kiel and the Nobiskrug at Rendsburg. The ship has a length of 118 metres (387 feet). Polarstern is a double-hulled icebreaker. It is operational at temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F). Polarstern can break through ice 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) thick at a speed of 5 knots. Thicker ice must be broken by ramming.

© Tvabutzku1234 Library in the Blue Saloon © Hannes Grobe - Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research/GFDL/CC-BY-2.5 Blue Saloon © Hannes Grobe - Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research/GFDL/CC-BY-2.5 Polarstern in Atka Bay, Antarctica, during supply of Neumayer-Station © Hannes Grobe - Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Polarstern during supply of Neumayer-Station II © Seebeer Polarstern arriving at Reykjavik © flickr.com - Bruce McAdam
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Polarstern in Atka Bay, Antarctica, during supply of Neumayer-Station © Hannes Grobe - Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
On September 7, 1991, Polarstern, assisted by the Swedish arctic ice breaker Oden reached the North Pole as the first conventional powered vessels. Both scientific parties and crew took oceanographic and geological samples and had a common tug of war and a football game on an ice floe. Polarstern again reached the pole exactly 10 years later[together with the USCGC Healy. It returned for a third time on August 22, 2011 at exactly 9.42 a.m. This time it reported the most frequently recurring ice thickness at 0.9m compared with 2m in 2001, which corresponds to the long-term average.

On October 17, 2008, Polarstern, as the first research ship ever traveled through both the Northeast Passage and the Northwest Passage in one cruise and thus circumnavigated the North Pole.

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