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PACKAGE: Pole of Inaccessibility -- Lenin Bust At Soviet Polar Station

ATTENTION: THIS GALLERY IS NOT LANGUAGE EDITED. A plastic bust of Lenin has withstood the world’s coldest temperatures for 60 years.

A Soviet expedition led by Yevgeny Tolstikov reached the Pole of Inaccessibility for the first time in 1958. The group left a small research base, also called Pole of Inaccessibility, topped off with a bust of Vladimir Lenin that faces Moscow.

The 18-man tractor team, part of the Third Soviet Antarctic Expedition (SAE), arrived on 14 December 1958 from Sovetskaya and set up the Pole of Inaccessibility Station at 82°06'S-54°58'E, the point in Antarctica furthest from any ocean. The team had brought that sled-mounted 4-man 260-square foot hut, which was equipped with an electric furnace as well as a backup oil stove. There was a 13 kw generator and a radio shack, and the station was initially provisioned with a 6-month food and fuel supply. A bust of Lenin was erected atop the chimney on the roof of the hut, originally looking toward Moscow as seen here. After a brief ceremony they raised the USSR flag, shouted "Hurrah," and fired rockets into the air.

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