A scientific research ship left the Soviet Union for the South Pole recently - symbolising warmer relationships between Russia and the United States.
GV Ship 'Professor Zubov' surrounded by ice in Leningrad, U.S.S.R.
SVs Crew saying farewell to friends and relatives (4 shots)
SV Friends and relatives alongside ship as vessel prepares to depart
GV Dockers preparing to cast off bow line
SV Soviet flag flying from stern
SV Side of ship with name displayed
SV INTERIOR ZOOM IN Captain on bridge PAN TO crewman (2 shots)
SVs Friends and relatives waving farewell as shop leaves dockside (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Expedition leader Victor Savchenko
SV Operator working on ship's laboratory
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Background: A scientific research ship left the Soviet Union for the South Pole recently - symbolising warmer relationships between Russia and the United States. For the ship, the "Professor Zubov", was carrying scientists on the 22nd Soviet Antarctic expedition.
SYNOPSIS: The two major powers are engaged on a joint Soviet-American project to study the Southern Ocean, and the members of the expedition said farewell to the frozen Leningrad port at the end of November. The "Professor Zubov" will be at sea for more than five months, and is due to visit ports in South America, Australia and New Zealand. The U.S. expedition vessel "Melwill" will carry out simultaneous studies in another area of the Antarctic. The joint venture is part of project Polex South '79, shot for South Polar Experiment.
The captain and crew of the Soviet ship are no strangers to the rigours of life at sub-zero temperatures, for this is the Zubov's 29th voyage to the South Pole. Even so, five months is lon time to be away from home.
The head of the Soviet expedition, Victor Savchenko, said before sailing that the main task was to study the relationship of the atmosphere and the ocean in the South Polar region. Analysis of the data obtained would contribute to long term weather forecasts, he said.